Just when you thought the start line at RunCzech Running League races couldn’t get any more impressive, it will. Following the appearance of the half marathon world champion Geoffrey Kamworor at this year’s Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marahton it’s Olomouc’s turn to take to the limelight.
In addition to the previously announced entries of the marathon world record holder, Wilson Kipsang, and the two time women’s World Marathon Champion, Edna Kiplagat the organizers of the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, the fifth race of RunCzech Running League 2014, have just added another star to the start list for the June 21st race. The two reigning Virgin Money London Marathon Champions will be joined by Dennis Kimetto, the reigning Bank of America Chicago Marathon Champion and the 25k world record holder who will be coming to Olomouc to challenge for the win. Kimetto’s 2:03:45 time in the 2013 Chicago race put’s him in some very exclusive company with only five men ever having run a sub 2:04 marathon on a record eligible course.
In the men’s field promising results can also be expected from RunCzech Racing team members Nicholas Bor, and Wilfred Kigen, also from Kenya, and we can also look forward to competing runners from Japan, Switzerland, Poland and Ukraine. The Czechs are expected to be led by Jiří Homoláč.
When it comes to the women, other runners to watch out for include Betelhem Moges who just won the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon (7 June 2014) along with her compatriots Hirut Alemayehu, and 19-year old Mame Feyisa who won the Mattoni Karlovy Vary Half Marathon last year, along with a late entry, Leterbrhan Gebreslasea who won the Paderborn Half Marathon this year. The four Ethiopians, British runner, Alyson Dixon, and the Belarusian Aliaksandra Duliba all have recorded times below 1:11.
We can also look forward to seeing top runners from Japan and Ukraine at the start. Meanwhile the eternal series of gripping duels is set to continue between Olomouc native Petra Kamínková and the Olympian Ivana Sekyrová who will both be eager to defeat Petra Pastorova, the winner in České Budějovice, and secure the Czech title. Ivana already has one win under her belt from this year’s Karlovy Vary race.