2013 Hervis Prague Half-Marathon: World Record Attempt Never Materializes As Zersenay Tadese Settles For Sprint Victory

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by LetsRun.com
April 6, 2013

Flash Recap: The world record attempt by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese at the 2013 Hervis Prague Half Marathon never materialized today, but he did manage to get a narrow victory over over compatriot Amanuel Mesel in a race where both were timed in 60:10.  The unusually prolonged winter that has cast a spell over Central Europe this year produced cold and windy conditions and the pace never was close to fast enough to challenge Tadese’s own world record of 58:23. At 5k, Tadese’s split of 14:07 meant he was on 59:33 pace. World record pace at 5k would result in a split of 13:50.

Additionally, an unconfirmed report on the messageboard claims Tadese said he had the flu the night before the race.

The pace stayed roughly the same through 10,000 (28:12 which is 59:29 pace) before slowing dramatically in the second-half of the race. Tadese’s four 5km splits were 14:07, 14:05, 14:25, 14:37. He then slammed home the final 1.0975 kms in 2:56 (4:18 mile pace).

The runner-up Mesel is a 22-year old with a a 13:16 5000 pb. He was a 2011 world championship finalist at 5000 and also participated in the 2012 Olympics where he went out in the heats of the 5000. Prior to today, he had a 61:20 half-marathon pb.

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The race also served as the half-marathon debut for 2010 World Cross Country silver and 2013 World Cross Country bronze medalist Teklemariam Medhin who finished 45 seconds back in ninth in 61:55.

More: MB Discussion of Race: Zersenay Tadesse wants 13.1 half marathon WR and race is on Internet Saturday (April 4, 2013) morning at 5:50 am ET

Rank Start # Surname Name Club Nat. Cat. Time RealTime
 1  1 TADESE ZERSENAY ERI  AMM  01:00:10  01:00:10
 2  12 MESEL AMANUEL ERI  AMM  01:00:10  01:00:10
 3  23 KIPSANG JOHN KEN  MM45  01:00:15  01:00:15
 4  3 KIROP PIUS MAIYO KEN  AMM  01:00:18  01:00:18
 5  6 KIPLAGAT HENRY KEN  AMM  01:00:21  01:00:21
 6  9 KASSW ABERE ETH  AMM  01:01:17  01:01:16
 7  24 GEBREMARYAM TIGABU ETH  AMM  01:01:28  01:01:28
 8  4 CHEBII DANIEL KIPCHUMBA KEN  AMM  01:01:52  01:01:51
 9  5 MEDHIN TEKLEMARIAM ERI  AMM  01:01:55  01:01:55
 10  2 LIMO PHILEMON KIMELI KEN  AMM  01:01:57  01:01:57

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