Welcome to Zurich and the 7th IAAF Half Marathon Championships '98.
I am very happy that Switzerland, with all
of its enthusiasm for athletics, is playing host to its first IAAF World Athletics Series
Event since 1986, when Neuchâtel hosted a memorable edition of the World Cross Country
The World Half Marathon World Championships
first took place in Tyneside, Great Britain, in 1992 and has grown steadily to become one
of the most popular events in the calendar. We expect this year's edition to be the
greatest ever, with the entry lists already exceeding by a large margin the competitors
registered in the biggest preceding edition, Brussels '93.
The presence of last year's victors, Shem
Kororia and Tegla Loroupe and that of the new holder of the World Best Performance in the
Marathon, Ronaldo da Costa, promise some exciting competition ahead. Follow it with us
here on the Official IAAF web site.