Rome, Italy – Algeria's Souad Ait Salem set a women’s course record (1:09:15) at the 34th Rome-Ostia Half Marathon (24), while in the men's race the first three ran very close to the one-hour wall, each setting PBs.
Kenyan Margaret Okayo made a satisfying comeback from injury in the women’s race, and overall there was a total of 7903 finishers, a new record for the event.
In 2007, Ait Salem had won the Rome Ostia with a time of 1:10:29, and then went to Rome City Marathon and set a course record with 2:25:08. This year, on a beautiful sunny day, she did much better. “I'm going to run the London Marathon this spring,” she confirmed. “I'm going to face Paula Radcliffe and many athletes like her, but I'm in a very good shape.”