Tamerat and Worknesh among elites gracing Prague Half-Marathon

Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa

RunCzech Organization announced a World-Class field including two World Record Holders; Peres Jepchirchir and Leonard Patrick Komon, and two Rio Olympic Medalists; Galen Rupp and Tamirat Tola who will compete on April 1st in the 2017 edition of the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Olympic bronze medalist Galen Rupp and Tamirat Tola are also in the field. Tola finished third in the 10,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and looks to be in top condition this year after running 2:04:11 to win in the Dubai Marathon in January. Rupp, who finished third in the marathon in Rio, is aiming for a fast performance at the Boston Marathon this year and could challenge the North American record in Prague.

The men’s field is also graced with a world record-holder. Leonard Patrick Komon, who holds world records at 10km and 15km, will be trying to improve on his third-place finish in Prague from 2015.

The women’s race features world half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir, fresh from her 1:05:06 half marathon world record performance last month. She will be challenged by former race record-holder Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia with a time of 1:06.14 and Kenya’s African Games 10,000m silver medalist Gladys Chesir.

The race will include two other women who have run faster than 1:07: Joyciline Jepkosgei, who ran 1:06:08 in Ras al-Khaimah last month and Kenya’s African Games 10,000m silver medalist Gladys Chesir. US duo Jordan Hasay and Maegan Krifchin are also in the field, along with Eva Vrabcova of the Czech Republic.