Oporto, PortugalEritrean Zersenay Tadese won today’s Oporto SportZone Half Marathon with a new course record of 59:30.
In a strong effort the organisers of the race invited Tadese to move the race to a new level. Several months after Tadese - the World record holder at 58:23 – clocked a 2011 world leading-58:30 in Lisbon, he returned to Portugal challenged by this invitation to improve his world record. But he didn’t receive the same support.
Tadese went out quickly but already passed the pace-setter Rui Pedro Silva before the first five kilometres. He reached 10Km in 27:52, on World record pace.
Although he couldn’t maintain the pace in the second half, he nonetheless managed to break the course record of 1:00:04 set by Haile Gebrselassie in 2009.
This was the fifth edition of this event, held in a historical region in the second most important town of Portugal, and the podium of the men's race was completed by Kenyans Philip Sanga (1:01:09) and Stanley Kipleting (1:01:10), followed by African runners until the 12th spot, taken by Portuguese Paulo Gomes in 1:04:53.
The women's race was won by Kenyan Doris Changeywo with 1:10:36 after a strong pace even from the start, leaving her opponents far behind.
But Portuguese Ana Dulce Félix, who clocked a national record of 1:08:33 this year in Lisbon, had a strong finish, and took second in 1:10:46, nine seconds clear of Kenyan Josephine Kimuyu.
António Manuel Fernandes for the IAAF
Leading Results -
1. Zersenay Tadese, ERI 59:30
2. Philip Kimutai Sanga, KEN 1:01:09
3. Stanley Biwott Kipleting, KEN 1:01:10
4. Amanuel Messel, ERI 1:01:20
5. Joel Kimurer, KEN 1:01:23
6. Kiflon Sium, ERI 1:01:54
7. Erick Kibet, KEN 1:02:01
8. Mike Kiprop Tiony, KEN 1:02:16
1. Doris Changeywo, KEN 1:10:36
2. Ana Dulce Felix, POR 1:10:46
3. Josephine Kimuyu, KEN 1:11:55
4. Hellen Mugo Wanjiku, KEN 1:13:26
5 Jane Muia, KEN 1:13:57
6. Nebiath Habtemarian, ERI 1:14:21
7. Emma Quaglia, ITA 1:14:38
8. Leonor Carneiro, POR 1:14:52