Abel Kirui is ready to win the Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon

The Twice World Champion and Olympic Silver will race in Verona.

Claudio Arduini: "Never had such a big champion on the streets of Verona"

(Verona) – Always good news from Verona thanks to Veromanarathon Events that is organizing, in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona, a great day of sport to live on Sunday 18th February with Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon.

Registrations for the half marathon are proceeding very well with great numbers while engines are warming up for the elite athletes who will try to win the competition; the podium next to the Arena of Verona is increasingly coveted in national and international scene.

At the starting line there will be the Kenyan Abel Kirui, twice World Champion in marathon: in Berlin 2009 and in 2011 he made it again in Korea in Daegu. He also won a brilliant silver medal in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic Games when he crossed the line in 2h08’27 “after the Dutchman Stephen Kiprotich who won the gold in 2h08’01 “.

Personal record on the marathon distance for Abel Kirui with 2h05’04” in 2009, crono that made him become, at that moment, the sixth fastest marathon runner in history. In the half marathon distance his record is 1h00’11 ” in 2007, both his records have been signed in Rotterdam. The race record of the Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon performed in February 2017 by the Kenyan Edwin Koech of 1h00’24 “seems to be seriously in danger.

“Gensan Giulietta & Romeo Half Marathon will see this time a great champion- says Claudio Arduini, head of elite athletes of Veronamarathon Eventi -. Kirui, born in 1982, is still an excellent athlete of absolute level; in 2017 he was forth in the London Marathon finishing in 2h07’45 “with a passage to the half marathon in 1h01’43”. In 2016 he won the Chicago Marathon and still finished second in Chicago in 2017. Kirui is undoubtedly the strongest athlete who ever comes to race on the streets of Verona. We cannot wait to see him running and soon we will be able to announce other athletes who will try to contend the success in Piazza Bra. Watching him running fast in the Arena will be an incredible emotion”.

Abel Kirui at London Olympic Games

picture: Giancarlo Colombo/Fidal