|Welcome from IAAF
President Dr Primo Nebiolo
The World Half Marathon Championships is the final event of an immensely thrilling, intensive, action-packed season for the IAAF and athletics enthusiasts around the world.
The charming Slovakian city of Kosice, home of the Kosice Peace Marathon, will no doubt be a worthy host to this, the 6th IAAF/VSZ World Half Marathon Championships. Join us here for a wealth of information and full coverage of this exciting event
end of a year of great successes for Athletics"
Giorgio Reineri reports from Kosice
The Kenyan team dominated the 6th IAAF/VSZ World Half Marathon Championships. This spectacular race was fought out every stride of the way and finally won by Shem Kororia with a final sprint worthy of a 5000m specialist. The final time - 59.56 - is a new world championships record and the second fastest all time over 21.097km: just 9 seconds behind the best performance set by Moses Tanui in Milan on 3 April 1993.
Loroupe (KEN) dominates women's
half marathon final, but Rumania takes team title
Kenyas Tegla Loroupe was the happy winner of the 6th IAAF/VSZ World Half Marathon Championships womens event. Loroupe seemed virtually assured of victory when Elana Meyer fell out of the running at the 11th kilometre. Up to the 10km mark (32:12), the pair had been running closely together, then Loroupe pulled away strongly and the battle was over.
1997 IAAF International Amateur Athletic Federation. All
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