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Kenyan Duo Capitalise on banned Viola Jepcchumba’s Absence in Mattoni Usti Race

In the absence of defending champion Viola Jepchumba, Vienna City Mararthon queen Nancy Kiprop and Baringo 21km winner Lucy Cheruiyot emerge as favourites for the Mattoni Ústí nad Labem half marathon scheduled for Saturday, September 15 in the Czech Republic.

Jepchumba a Kenyan born who switched allegiance to Bahrain will not defend her title after tests carried out on the athlete between 28th August 2017 and 30th September 2017 revealed that she has been using the banned enhancing drug.

Kiprop and Cheruiyot both know the Ústí course well, having ran personal bests here last year where they pushed Jepchumba  into chopping 71 seconds off the women’s mark for a new course record.

The 38-year-old Kiprop proved to have the stronger finish and got the better of her compatriot, crossing the line in second place in 1:07:22, just one second ahead of Cheruiyot.

Another contender for a podium spot is the America’s Finest City Half Marathon champion Kenya’s Diana Kipyokei, 23, based in Grand Prairie, Texas in USA  as is 2011 Pan American Games 3000 meter steeplechase winner American runner Sara Hall.

Japanese runner Yuka Takashima, with a 31:33.3 in 10,000m in Palo Alto in California last year should also be in the mix along with Moldova’s Lilia Fisikovici who triumphed at the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon this June.

Traynor and Fisikovici win the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon

Great Britain’s Luke Traynor and Moldova’s Lilia Fisikovici shared the honours in the elite races at the Mattoni Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon, a race with a five star endorsement by European Athletics Running for All, on Saturday (2).

The organisers of the Ceske Budejovice Half Marathon assembled European-only elite fields as part of RunCzech’s EuroHeroes initiative which is supported by European Athletics. The foremost purpose of the initiative is to support distance running at an elite level in both the Czech Republic and Europe more widely.

“It is very important that European athletes get more opportunities to race at the top level in road races across Europe and EuroHeroes is a fantastic initiative to encourage and promote our road race stars on the continent,” said European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen on the initiative.

Traynor made the most of the opportunity as he became the first European winner in Ceske Budejovice in 63:42 ahead of Ukraine’s Roman Romanenko, the winner of the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon a fortnight ago. Romanenko clocked 64:05 with Austria’s Valentin Pfeil third in 65:08.

“We ran together right from the start, Roman kept up with me for practically the whole race, but I felt I had a bit extra to give and in the end managed to speed up a bit,” said Traynor, who has a lifetime best of 61:57 from the Barcelona Half Marathon in February.

“Although I’m a bit tired, I have to say I really enjoyed the race, the atmosphere was fantastic, with loads of fans along the course and I’m also delighted with my finishing time. Even though my personal best is two minutes faster, it’s still a good time on this course which is a tad tricky.”

There was a rare win for Moldova in the elite women’s race as Lilia Fisikovici, who holds her country’s national records in the half marathon and marathon, clocked 73:20. She was a comfortable winner ahead of Ukraine’s Olha Kotovska (74:14) and Italy’s Rosaria Console (74:38).

“I’m slightly in shock, but really delighted. I absolutely loved the city, the fans were amazing and I also ran really well. At the seventeenth kilometre I felt I could speed up a bit, overtook my rivals and managed to stay ahead right till the finish,” said the winner.

In total, 3252 runners took part in the half marathon and another 2913 took part in the dm Family Run.

The European Athletics Quality Road Race standards act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong, recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.