Today i speak about an half in France and a 10miles race in Holland.
SEMI MARATHON DE LILLE METROPOLE (LILLE HALFMARATHON)
RACE very fast with 2011 winner in G.Kipsang (Ken) in 60'02" with 7 athletes under 62' and 13'under 63'.While in women last year winner was Valentine Kipketer in 68'20" in front of Rose Chelimo (Ken) with 69'45 and Lucy Makaria (Ken) in 70'38.
Number 1 this year will be ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay with his 58'47 realized this spring in a winner Prague HalfMarathon.Against him Bernard Kipyego with 59'10 of PB and 2h06'29 in last edition of ChicagoMarathon.Attention also to Philemon Limo strong by his 59'30 last April and predicted for kenyan-team in HalfMarathon.Number 6 will be Lucas Rotich with 26'43"98 on 10k track and 59'44 on half:.Hving also 12'55 of pb in 5k,this is considered a very talented guy and in last km it will be very hard to defeat him being very fast.An important outsider will be Ezekiel Chebii with his 59'22 of pb this spring in Berlin:i like very much this guy running!!More than 10 kenyans to complete an excellent men-list...but the big news is the debut in half from Eliud Kipchoge!!!
Gold in Paris WC 2003,bronze in Athens Oly 2004,silver in 2007 Osaka WC and in 2008 Bejing Oly, Kipchoge was an incredible star of 5k worldwide.His pb are also impressive: 7'27"66 on 3k,12'46"53 on 5k and 26'49"02 on 10k for one of the biggest.What can we wait from him in Half is difficult to preview..but in my opnion under 60' for this talent.If this race could be a step to 42k is difficult to know by now but it's very interesting as experience to see a similar talent on track trying with the road races!!
Lydia Cheromei will be the best in women strong from her pb of 67'26 in Prague last spring and 2h21'30 in Dubai last January.Chepchirchirs are the best rivals:Sarah with 68'07 on half and Filomena with 68'22 of pb.
Diane Chepkemoi will be a possible outsider with 69'08 of pb realized this spring.
Also in women another great talent track will try half for first time and i am speaking about Priscah Jepleting Cherono !! 14'35"30 on 5k and 30'56"43 on 10k could be to hope very well also from her in this race??
Another great road race in Holland on 10miles but enough to understand shape of some athletes.
Speaking about WOMEN, race will be very exciting with Joyce Chepkirui (hope completely recovered by last little injury) against Lineth Masai and Emily Chebet as precious outsider.Curious very much about big duel because Joyce has already run strong on street and we must not forget her pacing in last LondonMarathon and Lineth is an incredible talent and i am sure she will find new dimension on road!!
In MEN Patrick Makau,world record holder will test his shape less than two months before his marathon in Frankfurt and it will be very interesting to see him finally running in well shape.
Against him last year winner Philemon Rono and John Mwangangi,rumored this one to be member of kenyan team in next half world champs.Personally i saw Mwangangi as the top contender to Patrick Makau.
Eliud Kipchoge and Priscah Jepleting on the half,Lineth Masai against Joyce Chepkirui and the shape of Makau will be the arguments most important in this weekend of road running....what do you think about these talents starting new inspiration on road??In my opinion it's good and they can only improve more being so fast on short distances.