Yesterday, at the FitBit Semi de Paris, the representative of the Venicemarathon Club set his personal best on the distance of 20 seconds, finishing in 4th place in 1h02'49 ".
Another great performance comes for Eyob Faniel. The representative of the Venicemarathon Club set yesterday the new personal record on the half marathon with 1h02'49 ", reaching excellent 4th at the 26th FitBit Semi de Paris, international event on the 21.097 km ran in the avenues of the French capital and that has seen the finish line cross by over 36,000 competitors.The race, in rainy and cold conditions, was won by Kenyan Evans Cheruiyot in 1h01'24 ", before the compatriot Evans Kurui (1h02'43"), the Ethiopian Hailu Gizachew (1h02'48 ") and at the same Faniel, who came just one second from the podium after an intense sprint.Satisfaction for runner of the Venicemarathon Club trained by Ruggero Pertile, who has improved 20 seconds of his previous record on the Half Marathon (1h03'09 ") obtained in Prague in 2017.That of Eyob Faniel is the best Italian performance in 2018 in the half marathon: certainly an excellent indication for the upcoming World Championships Half Marathon scheduled in Valencia on 24th March, where the athlete of Bassano del Grappa will participate with the blue shirt."I'm half satisfied - Faniel says - because apart from the cold and the rain, I expected a faster route while it was full of ups and downs and changes of pace. I found myself almost immediately alone. In different conditions I could certainly have done much better. But the thing that gave me great satisfaction is to see how my body, after only three days of returning from the high altitude, has been able to respond positively, benefits that I am continuing to feel even today ".The 21-day high-altitude meeting in Eritrea ended last Friday and Eyob landed in Paris directly from Asmara."At Asmara - continues Faniel - I found the ideal climate and conditions to train really well and, compared to last year, I managed to increase both the kilometers and the speed. Now I'm waiting for three weeks to speed up again and develop the last details in view of the Half Marathon World Championships. It will be a fast race, the route is very smooth and the pace certainly very high. I will try to give the best " Unfortunately, on the sidelines of this great work, the tragic news of the death of the Ethiopian marathon runner Chala Adugna Bekele, who died on Friday after accidentally touching a high voltage cable, crashed down the path where he was running. Bekele had come second to the Venicemarathon in 2016. There is therefore deep regret from the Venicemarathon Club for an athlete who had been the protagonist in Venice.