03 JUL 2009 General News 28 June 2009 – Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

National record falls; 25,000 runners in Brcko

Musau Mwanzia (KEN) on his way to winning in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina (organisers)Musau Mwanzia (KEN) on his way to winning in Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina (organisers) © Copyright

Brcko, Bosnia and HerzegovinaThe winners of the Vidovdan Road Races on Saturday 28 June were Musa Mwanzia (KEN) and Lucia Kimani (BIH) with the latter setting a new women's record for  Bosnia and Herzegovina over 10km.

In addition to Kimani’s run, a national record was set by Lisa Stublic of Croatia.

The Vidovdan Road Races are an IAAF Label Road Race event.

The races attracted a record number of 25,000 athletes.

In the men's competition, Mwanzia dominated, while the women's race was a struggle between Lucie Kimani and Hungarian Kristine Papp. In a great finish, Kimani carried by the encouragement of the home crowd managed to win and set a new national record. After the race Kimani said that she was overwhelmed with the result in an race in which she had always been second and third before.

"This victory is the most important in my career so far, and it is due because of the several thousands of people who cheered for me. I had to win for them without an issue,” said Kimani.

As per every year, the main race was preceded by children's races in 12 categories in which 5500 were running, including over 100 boys and girls younger than seven years old.

At the opening of the races, parachuters came down from the sky bringing the flags of the IAAF and AIMS to the event.

Organisers