PRAGUE, Czech Republic (IAAF)―With several top-flight Ethiopian runners set to contest the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday (May 7), there’s a strong chance that the IAAF Gold Label Road Race could witness its first ever Ethiopian double.
On five previous occasions, Kenyan men and women have taken both titles on offer in the Czech capital. And while there have been five individual victories from Ethiopian athletes at the Prague Marathon, the east African nation has never managed a sweep of both titles.
That could change on Sunday, though.
Feyse Tadese is the fastest entrant for the women’s race. The 2012 world half-marathon silver medalist achieved three consecutive marathon victories from 2012 to 2013, winning in Seoul, Shanghai and Paris. She failed to finish at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, but rebounded by finishing fourth in London in 2014 and second in Berlin later that year, clocking a lifetime best of 2:20:27.
This weekend’s marathon will be her first race since her seventh-place finish at last year’s London marathon.
Less experienced than Feyse Tadese but almost as fast, fellow Ethiopian Amane Beriso will also be racing for the first time in 12 months. In Dubai last year the 25-year-old ran 2:20:48, the sixth-fastest marathon debut in history, but went on to finish a distant 13th in Boston three months later.
While Amane Beriso lacks experience, compatriot Mulu Seboka has it in abundance. A former winner in Dubai, Toronto and Mumbai, this weekend’s race will be her 37th career marathon. She finished second in Prague back in 2009 and was victorious at the 2015 Karlovy Vary Half Marathon in 1:09:11.
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