Monday, May 9, 2011

Cheromei smashes women’s Prague Marathon course record

Twenty years after she amazed everyone by winning a World title at the age of 13, Lydia Cheromei of Kenya has re-established herself at the forefront of world distance running, winning the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday (8) morning in 2:22:34, a personal best by half a minute, while smashing the course record by three minutes.

Cheromei is equally fast on the way to achieving cult status in the Czech capital, having won the Prague half-marathon title, again in record time, here five weeks ago.

The pre-race prognostication for this IAAF Gold Label Road race was that if the Kenyan, training partner of this year’s London Marathon champion Mary Keitany was on form, the clock would be her toughest competitor. As the race began at 9 a.m from Prague’s Old Square, the temperature was 16 degrees centigrade and rising, promising testing conditions.