"Above all, we wanted to develop young talents and give them a
chance to feel the sense of victory.
"And, after years of hard
work, we are finally rewarded.
"Thank you, Joyciline!
The winner herself did not seem to believe in what she had
demonstrated in the streets of Prague.
"I ran the race and I just wanted to follow my own body.
"Even now I’m still not sure if I have really done it.
"At the start I just wanted to run one hundred percent and
give everything for the RunCzech Racing Team," laughed Joyciline
With four World Records (which will have to be ratified) at
10K, 15K, 20K and the Half Joyciline dashed the hopes of Violah
Jepchumba who improved her own personal record by almost half a
minute to 1:05:22 in finishing second while the debutante Fancy
Chemutai came home third in 1:06:58
Another woman who pleased with her results was the American
Jordan Hasay who improved to 1:07:55 moving her to number three
performer on the all time U.S. half marathon list as she
prepares for the Boston Marathon in two weeks.
Although the men were overshadowed by the women today Tamirat
Tola did record a new personal best of 59:37 that he hopes will
gain the attention of the Ethiopian selection committee for the
World Championship Marathon later this year.
He was followed to the finish line by two Kenyans in 2nd and
Josphat Tanui, another runner in the RunCzech Racing vest and
running his first half marathon finished in 1:00:38 just ahead
of Geoffrey Yegon in 1:00:41.
There was some concern by the American followers as the
London and Rio Olympic medalist, Galen Rupp was back in 11th
place in 1:01:59 and was said to being treated for a foot
problem after the race.
For the Czech runners the favorites prevailed as the new
RunCzech Racing Team member, Eva Vrabcova, and Jiri Homolac came
home in 1:11:45 and 1:03:23 respectively.
For Homolac it was a personal best but not the sub 1:03 he
was hoping for after two and one half months training in Kenya.
Vrabcova who will be returning for the Volkswagen Prague
Marathon next month was just over one half minute over her