At the World Half Marathon Championship the Venicemarathon Club representative bettered his personal best on the distance with 1h02’37”
At the World Half Marathon Championship which took place last Sunday in Valencia, Eyob Faniel arrived 37th establishing his new personal best: 1h02’37”. The race was won by the Kenyan Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor in 1h00’02”.

Eyob ran a tactically savvy race: he started in the background, passed 64th at the 10th km mark in 29’48” and in the second half of the race he started to close the gap. His 37th final place is the best among the Italian representatives in the race and the 8th position among the European ones, in a race dominated as usual by the African specialists.

“I started in the background because the wind was strong and I wanted to get protected – these are the words of Faniel – unfortunately my mistake was due to the lack of experience as I did not realize that the heading group changed pace in the second part of the race, it was like falling asleep and as soon as I realized what happened I changed my pace and started to close the gap. I completed the race still trying to better my time as I wanted to finish sub 1h02’, a time that I am sure I can get, but I am anyway very glad of this great experience”.

Eyob Faniel bettered his previous best of 12”, PB that was fixed only 3 weeks ago in Paris, and besides this result is the best Italian performance on the half marathon distance in 2018.