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Romanenko and Vrabcova-Nyvltova take honors at Karlovy Vary Half Marathon

Roman Romanenko and Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova cruised to victories at the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, on Saturday (19).

Vrabcova-Nyvltova, who set a new Czech half marathon record of 1:11:01 at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon earlier this year, lived up to her favourite’s status in this race, leading from the start en route to a 1:11:54 win, well clear of Ukraine’s Olha Kotovska, who finished second in 1:16:16. Kristyna Dvorakova, another Czech, was third in 1:17:46.

Eva Vrabcova-Nyvltova winning the Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (Organisers)

“I didn’t have any target finishing time in mind, but even so it was tough right from the start,” the winner said. “I was running alone, there was a strong wind and I didn’t appreciate seeing all the guys run past me.”

The men’s race was a battle between Ukraine and Spain. As the race progressed the fastest runner group gradually thinned out leaving Romanenko and Houssame Bennabou at the helm. At the 14th kilometre, Romanenko cranked up the pace, leaving Bennabou struggling to keep up.

“I felt good and told myself I’d try to go for it,” Romanenko said. “I believed I was capable of maintaining my pace right until the finish and am pleased I managed to do it.”

He forged on to take the win in 1:03:58, with Bennabou second in 1:04:16. Ukrainian Serhiy Lebid was nearly another minute back, finished third in 1:05:08.

The race is part of EuroHeroes, a new initiative by organisers RunCzech in partnership with European Athletics to celebrate European running stars and promote active lifestyles in Europe. The project’s launch limited the elite fields to runners from Europe.

Tarbei smashes Hapalua Half Marathon course record

Kenya’s Philip Tarbei smashed the 6th edition of the Hapalua Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (8) in Kapiolani Park, Hawaii.

The 24 year-old chased down all 21 Team Hawaii runners who had left 24 minutes before the elite as he also bettered his three pro challengers, as well, to crash the course record of 64:08 that was set by Peter Kirui in 2015 when he cut the tape in a new course record of 63: 27.

Team Hawaii rookie Ryan Tsang of Maui finished second with an adjusted time of 64:05, based on his 12-minute head start. Kenya’s RunCzech Racing runner Abraham Kipyatich took third in 65:29, as he was still recovering from a 61:03 half marathon last weekend in Prague in the Czech Republic.

“When we hit 5k I saw the time was really good (14:40), and I was still strong,” Philip said afterwards.  “I was telling him (running partner Kipyatich) ‘let us push.”

Tarbei and Kipyatich maintained their quick tempo, passing the 10k mark in 29:28 (14:48) where they passed four-time Japanese Olympian Kayoko Fukushi, who was considered the race favorite.

Philip Tarbei holds the trophy after winning the 2018 Hapalua Half Marathon. Photo: thehapalua.com

From there it was knocking off one Team Hawaii runner after another on his way to victory.

“I can use this race to predict more good things,” said Philip. “I know I can run much faster on a flatter course.”

Tarbei only began running seriously two years after graduating from Tambach Teachers College where he studied teaching. The Hapalua was only his third international competition following a sixth place finish at the Venloop half marathon in Netherlands where he finished in 1:00.48.

The Chase is the Hapalua’s signature element, a racing tool designed by race founder Jim Barahal who once was one of the islands’ stop runners when he moved to Hawaii from his native Michigan in the late 1970s.

“We set up the head starts for someone to win in 63:30,” said Barahal, “either straight up or with the handicap. I told Team Hawaii, ‘you’re not going to win $5000 with an average day. It’s going to take a PR.”