P>KOSICEIAAF President Dr Primo Nebiolo made the following statement after attending the men and women's races in the 6th IAAF/VSZ World Half Marathon Championships: " 1997, which has been the Year of Athletics, could not have had a better ending than what we have seen here in Kosice. The world's greatest half marathon runners have come to the Slovak Republic to contest the title and the $194,000 in prize money - 97 thousand dollars each for the men's race and the women's race. This new policy of the IAAF, introduced for the first time this year, has demonstrated its value starting with the World Indoor Championships in Paris and carrying on with the World Cross Country Championships in Turin, the World Race Walking Cup in Podebrady, the World Championships in Athletics in Athens and the Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka. We have seen great results, great records and wonderful competitions. The interest in athletics world-wide and its audience on television and in the media has never been so great."
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