On April 6, Sabastian Sawe of Kenya dazzled the crowd with an unmatched feat of athleticism as he raced through the streets of Prague for the Half Marathon. Sawe’s outstanding performance not only earned him a decisive victory but also cemented his record-breaking time of 58 minutes and 24 seconds into the event’s books of history.

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Having previously triumphed at the World Half Marathon Championship in Riga, Sawe’s dominance on the Prague course was evident from the outset. Breaking away from the pack early on, the 29-year-old showcased his exceptional skill, crossing the 10-kilometer mark in a staggering 27 minutes and 32 seconds. With each stride, he extended his lead, ultimately finishing more than a minute ahead of his closest competitor.

Reflecting on his achievement, Sawe expressed his delight, remarking, “I am thrilled to have achieved a personal best and to have set a new race record. The course was perfect, and the support from the fans was incredible.” Praising the beauty of Prague and the encouragement of the spectators, Sawe attributed his success to the unique atmosphere of the event.

Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Ethiopian athlete Gete Alemayechu Teklemichael emerged victorious, crossing the finish line in 68 minutes and 10 seconds. Teklemichael’s triumph over her competitors, including Kenyan runner Jesca Chelangat, demonstrated her determination and skill on the challenging course.


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With over 15,000 participants, including a significant number of international runners, the Prague Half Marathon highlighted the city’s status as a premier destination for elite athletes and enthusiasts alike. Despite the rising temperatures, runners from around the world flocked to Prague to test their limits and experience the thrill of competition against the backdrop of the historic city.

Carlo Capaldo, head of the RunCzech organizing team, emphasized the positive impact of events like the Prague Half Marathon on the local economy and community. By bringing together runners from diverse backgrounds to celebrate athleticism and camaraderie, such events contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of the city.

As Sawe’s remarkable performance captivated audiences and Teklemichael’s victory added to the excitement, the Prague Half Marathon 2024 will be remembered as a testament to the enduring spirit of endurance and excellence in the world of long-distance running.