martedì 27 agosto 2013

#LILLEHALF:A DEEP PREVIEW

September is coming and roadrace season is finally arrived.
As usual season will be opened by "SemiMarathon International De LilleMetropole " better and easily known as LilleHalf with an impressive field as last years.


MEN:
Reading startlists,surely we can speak about a probably very fast race and course-record of Ezekiel Chebii of 59:05 last year could be beaten quite surely.
Top contenders will be lead by course-record Ezekiel Chebii (Ken) who will come back to defend his title and try to improve his PB.
Atsedu Tsegay (Eth) strong of his 58:47 realized in Praguehalf will contend him the frech title.
Very interesting with number 3 will be young Robert Chemosin (Ken) with a PB of 59:13 run in UdineHalf last september and looked like as a great athlete to follow absolutely.
Azmeraw Bekele (Eth) with 59:39 will complete the favourites with best PB under 60'.
But also some good marathoners at the start of this frech half: Vincent Kipruto (Ken) with 2h05:10 ,Francis Kiprop (Ken) with 2h07:04 and Levy Matebo (Ken) with 2h05:16.
Personally i think Philemon Rono (Ken) with 60:58 could be one of the big surprises of the race and with him of course Dominic Ondoro (Ken) after his 28:26 who let him be winner in Arras(fra) on 10k last sunday.
Very curious also the presence of some japanese athletes in this fast half with pb around 62'.

WOMEN:
Six athletes with PB under 69' announced in women.Flomena Daniel (Ken) with her 67.39 will be the top one but she will pay attention to Filomena Chepchirchir (Ken) with 68:06 and Diane Chepkemoi (Ken) in 68:08.Japanese group also in women will be on front with Yukiko Akaba (Jpn) with her 68:11 pb on half and 2h24:09 on marathon: Ohara,Matsuura and Sakaida are completing the interesting japanese in group.
Ethiopian Afera Godfay will be the best outsider and probably a big surprise of the day even if at debut on distance but with her impressive PB on 10000m in 31:08 ran in Sollentuna (swe) last June.
Do not forget also Waganesh Mekasha (Eth) 68:48 pb and Monica Jepkoech (Ken) with 69:11.
Strong field for an openinng season event..