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This year’s Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon (an IAAF Gold Label road race) will go down in history. In the event’s sixth year, the half marathon heralded its first ever European winners among both men and women. As predicted by the pundits, Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová took first place. “Until recently I could never have envisaged winning such a race. It’s an amazing feeling,” shared the Czech number one as she crossed the finish. When it came to the men, Ukrainian representative Roman Romanenko took the number one podium spot. As such the Karlovy Vary race has launched the EuroHeroes project – a new joint RunCzech and European Athletics initiative which aims to promote the development of athletics on the Old Continent.
Vrabcová-Nývltová is the hot favourite to win. The sixth Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon has drawn top runners from all over Europe to the spa town. Designed to promote the development of athletics on the Old Continent, the RunCzech initiative EuroHeroes (in cooperation with European Athletics) will get underway in Karlovy Vary. Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová is the hot favourite to win the women’s race.
The men’s and women’s races could not have been more different. From the start of the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon, a group of seven elite men worked together to set an aggressive pace despite the heat and the hilly course. Kenyan Abraham Akopesha was accompanied by four of his countrymen, plus Moroccan Mustapha El Aziz and Eritrean Simon Tesfay. All