2003 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
The 12th World Half Marathon Championships (official IAAF World Half Marathon Championships ) were held on 4 October 2003 in the Portuguese town of Vilamoura.
On the flat course, a hard fought race developed for men. An eleven-member, dominated by East Africans lead group reached the 10 km mark in 28:54 min. After fifteen kilometers still led nine runners in 43:26 min. In the final kilometers, the Kenyans Martin Lel and John Cheruiyot Korir Kiptoo and Tanzanians Fabiano Joseph and Martin Hhaway Sulle intensified the pace. Lel had the better end than he to just three seconds struck the seventeen- year-old Joseph, whose compatriot Sulle after another four seconds reached the goal before Korir. The first three achieved all personal bests.
The team standings (total of times of the three fastest runners in a country) won Tanzania with only eight seconds ahead of Kenya. Both countries had three runners in the top six. By far, followed by Ethiopia.
Very much clearer were the results from the women's race, which was started one and a half hours later. The high favorite Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain had at warm temperatures around 22 ° C after ten kilometers already 36 seconds ahead of their nearest pursuers and sat down at the end clearly against the defending champion Berhane Adere from Ethiopia through. It was Radcliffe for the third title after winning in 2000 and 2001. Edge in your goal of 1:27 minutes was the biggest winner of the runner-up in the history of the World Half Marathon Championships. The Australian Benita Johnson an astounding third place.
With a closed loop power ( four runners in the top ten ) Russia won the team in the women clearly ahead of Japan and Romania.
Out of 103 reported 98 athletes went to the start and reached the goal of 86. John Buhagiar Malta MLT ( 1:11:04 h, square 72) and Ismail Naseer Maldives MDV ( 1:21:55 h, square 85) set national records. Participants from German-speaking countries were not at the start.
A total of 17 teams counted.
76 reported 73 athletes went to the start and reached the goal of 68. Luminita Zaituc Germany GER abandoned the race prematurely.
A total of 13 teams counted.