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IAAF org: Competition Preview - World Half Marathon in New Delhi

Athletes from a record number of 64 nations


Friday 1 October 2004 Monte-Carlo – Athletes from a record number of 64 nations will contest both individual and team honours at the 13th IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Sunday 3 October.

Last year’s team winners in Vilamoura, Portugal were Tanzania (men) and Russia (women). 2003 was a disappointing year for Kenya the seven times men and four times women’s team title winners. Their men were surprisingly outpaced by Tanzania and their women’s ninth place was particularly low key.

In 2004, the Kenyan men’s team includes the 2002 winner Paul Kosgei and 22 year-old John Cheruiyot Korir, 6th in the Olympic 10,000m, who comes to New Delhi off the back of a good win over 9.8km (30:10, 19 Sep) in Catania, Italy.
Korir was fourth in the World Half last year splitting the finish of two of the Tanzanian trio, Martin Sulle (3rd) and John Yuda (5th), who helped secure the team prize for their nation. These two runners are not in India but the Tanzanians will still be led by Fabiano Joseph, the silver medallist from last year.
A young Ugandan team headed by 23 year-old Wilson ...

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