13 DEC 2006 General News Two

Silva starts development programme and 5km in home town

time New York Marathon winner and Olympian Germán Silva hosted a 5km race this Sunday (10 Dec) in his hometown of Tihuatlán, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz.

The Chicago marathon fourth place finisher and Mexican record holder Madaí Perez won the race Corriendo Juntos (Running Together) in 17:37 minutes, while Kenya’s Philip Kemet took the men’s title in 15:04.

As the event coincided with a cattle fair, both winners were awarded a young bull.

Silva, the 1994 World Half Marathon Championships silver medallist, ran with Tihuatlán Mayor Francisco de Jesús Ortiz Dorio and they covered the distance in 39:40 minutes. The race drew over 450 runners.

In late October, Silvia started a sports and health development programme to train coaches who will assist and encourage kids and adults to practice sports in his hometown, as well as discovering future athletics talents.

The race is part of other sporting events for kids in the community and the best will be invited for the Banamex Gala in May 2007.

Javier Clavelo Robinson for the IAAF

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