- October 4, 2006 at 1:03 am #5613
Monte-Carlo – When assessing the possibility for fast distance running performances at any championship, arguably you couldn’t find two more distinguished names than Haile Gebrselassie and Paula Radcliffe as the World record incumbents. The Ethiopian and Briton respectively hold the men’s and women’s World records for 20km, the distance at which the inaugural IAAF World Road Running Championships, Debrecen, Hungary will be staged on Sunday 8 October 2006.
However, while Gebrselassie’s 55:48, set earlier this year (15 Jan), and Radcliffe’s 1:03:26 established en route to winning the World Half Marathon title in 2001 (6 Oct), are formidable figures to challenge, and neither athlete will compete (Radcliffe – on maternity leave; Gebrselassie – ran the Berlin Marathon only two weekend’s ago), Hungary’s second city can still expect some exceptionally fast times to be recorded on its streets.
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