8 Apr 2018Maratona di Roma 2018
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ITALY CHALLENGES AFRICA AND EASTERN EUROPE
The top runners of the 21th Acea Maratona di Roma, to be held tomorrow at 8.50 am, were introduced this morning at the Crown Plaza Rome St. Peter's hotel. Italian athletes aim to be protagonists in the race and to challenge Africa's and Eastern Europe champions.
Ruggero Pertile, who won in Rome in 2004, and Jamel Chatbi, who debutes on the full marathon distance, will be in men's field, while Deborah Toniolo will be in women's one. “I'm very happy to be here,” Pertile said, “In 2004 it was an unforgettable race, I hope to run fast also tomorrow”. “I'm very excited,” Toniolo said, “My plan is to run not too fast in the first half and then come from behind. I would like to take the podium”.
The fastest man in the field is 37-year-old Kenyan John Kipkorir Komen (PB 2:07:13). “I was here in Rome three years ago as a pacemaker,” he said, “This time I want to finish and win”.Teshome Gelana Etana leads the Ethiopian team, which took the victory in the last two editions. “I want to win too,” he said. Mustapha El Aziz will try to be the first athlete from Morocco who wins the Rome Marathon.
Russia's Albina Mayorova, who is the fastest in the field (PB 2:22:53), Ukraine's Olena Burkovska and Belarus' Nastassia Ivanova will try to challenge 21-year-old Ethiopia's Meseret Kitata Tolwak and other Africans. “I trained very well, I'm ready to run faster than my PB 2:27:26,” Tolwak said. “I want the podium,” Burkovska added. “I'm in good shape”, Mayorova concluded.
2:07:17 by Kenya's Benjamin Kiptoo in 2009 and 2:22:53 by Russia's Galina Bogomolova are the course record.
Attached you can find the start list and the biographies of the top runners.