Brilliant return of Eyob Faniel in marathon. The Azzurro finishes in 2h07:53 on the streets of Osaka, Japan, and signs a result of considerable depth.
Upon returning to the distance of 42.195 kilometres, the Italian record holder arrives just over half a minute from his national record (2h07:19 three years ago in Seville) to find a smile again, more than 15 months after the splendid third place in New York.
With this chrono the Venetian of the Fiamme Oro largely stamps the minimum for the World Cup in Budapest (2h09:40) and also the World Athletics standard for the Paris Olympics (2h08:10) leaving behind a season conditioned by physical problems, in which he had played three half-times before giving up on international events. Only two other Azzurri have run in less than 2h08 in their career, the Olympian Stefano Baldini (in four marathons) e James Leone. Now the thirty-year-old from Vicenza has dropped below that barrier for the second time, in a race conducted at the pace of the Italian record for at least 35 kilometers despite the cold, with a temperature of five degrees at the start, and finished in 14th place. The success in 2h06:01 goes to the Ethiopian Hailemaryam Kiros who detaches Ugandan Victor Kiplangat (2h06:03) in the final, the Tanzanian Alphonce Simbu third (2h06:19). (Handle).
The statements of the Azzurro on Fidal.it
“A time trial that bodes well” – “I had to get back into the race – Eyob Faniel’s comment – and I did. I knew I wasn’t in top form, which is one of the reasons why I’m satisfied with how it went. I felt good up to the 29th kilometre, however without being able to immediately respond to the attacks when the hares stopped and I suffered a bit, with stiff legs also due to the cold. Further on I unlocked myself, around the 36th, starting to run better again. I wasn’t thinking about the Italian record, but only about finishing it with good sensations and I’m happy to have completed it like this, to remind me that I’m a marathon runner. It makes me hopeful for the next races”.
The gaze is projected towards the future: “Now I have to work on what I have been missing. In the last period in Eritrea I trained well, but with some stops due to discomfort in the gluteus medius which is not easy to manage. Last season’s injury taught me a lot and I got great help from coach Claudio Berardelli. I was away from Italy for three months, it took concentration, but in the end the work paid off. I go home happy, with a heart at peace, to embrace my family again”.
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