Monte Carlo (01 Oct 2003)
The IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, which take place in Vilamoura, Portugal this Saturday, could turn out to be one of the most spectacular in the event’s history. With a flat course set around a Marina, and weather conditions expected to be sunny and between 16 and 26 degrees, the IAAF has decided to set up official timing positions at 10km, 15km, 20km as well as the full Half Marathon distances.
“The IAAF has established a list of official World Bests based on a number of verifiable criteria, and on 1 January 2004, all valid marks will then become official IAAF Road World Records,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack. “Naturally, since the World Half Marathon Championships is one of our events, we are making sure that the athletes are given every possible opportunity to enter the record books.”
[More at IAAF website via T&FN link]