Joyce Chepkirui: Ready to Roll! photo by PhotoRun.net
PRAHA (CZE): Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui says she's in the kind of form to run the best race of her career at Saturday's Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is a training partner of world half marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat, targets a time well under the course record of 66:48, set by the World 10,000 m silver medallist Gladys Cherono last year. But the competition will be tough, including the World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet. The men's race also has high qualitz with eight runners who have personal bests of sub 61 minutes. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. Its popularity continues to grow on the broad scale with full entry capacity of 12,500 reached last December. The men's race also looks very open. Four runners are entered with personal bests under the hour. Ethiopia's Hunegnaw Mesfin and Kenya's Peter Kirui each have the same PB of 59:39 while Philemon Limo has gone a fraction faster with 59:30. Another Kenyan, Evans Barkowet Kiplagat, has a best of 59:56. However Ethiopia's course record holder Atsedu Tsegay, who has run 58:47 to set the national record in Prague in 2012, has had to withdraw because of typhoid infection.