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IAAF.org: Kirui runs 60:22 Half Marathon, as the runners beat the snow in Rome

The 7000 runners found the snow to welcome them

2004-03-03

Kenyan Paul Kirui and Moroccos Hafida Izem were the winners of the 30th Rome-Ostia Half Marathon, held today in hard weather conditions from the city of Rome to the Ostia Lido.

Kirui closed out the race in 60:22, the best time of the year, just 16 seconds off the course record set by Robert Cheruiyot in 2002 (60:06).

The 7000 runners found the snow to welcome them, an event you hardly ever expect to see in Rome. Snow had paralyzed the whole of Northern Italy on Saturday and so the double World Championships Marathon bronze medallist Stefano Baldini, was only able to arrive in Rome just after midnight by train, because Bologna Airport was closed. Many other participants had similar problems to reach the capital.

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