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19. Vidovdan Road Race

In a great atmosphere and surroundings with several thousand children participants and great male and female athletes at 10K, 19th Vidovdan road race was held in Brčko. Amongst the male athletes, Birech Cosmas (Ken) from the very beginning imposed a fierce tempo and created a big gap between him and the rest of the group. At 5km marking he increased his pace and it looked like the final result, if he manages to maintain the tempo, will be far better than 28:00. However, between 8km and 9km markings he had a bit of a crisis which lasted several hundred meters where he had to slow down drastically and that reduced his result to 28:50. Having in mind that the weather humid and pretty warm, this should be considered as a great result. The great battle for the second place was fought between Laszlo Gregor (HUN) and Tamas Kovacs (HUN), but in the last two kilometers Laszlo had more energy and made a significant advantage. Big battle and far more fierce competition was between female runers. Angela Tanui (KEN) and Martha Akeno (KEN) ran together up to a 5km marking, at which point Angela Tanui picked up the pace and ran in front all the way to finish line with the result of 32:47. Martha was second with 33:03 which is also a great result. Spectators were very excited about home athlete Lucia Kimani who came back to the track after two years and with 35:14 came in third.

Naravno, kao sto je to na Vidovdanskoj trci pravilo, glavnoj trci na 10km u vise kategorija trčalo je oko 5000 djece. The record in number of participants was broken in one of those categories. The number of children participants between ages of 2 and 6 was 900! Spectators were also very happy to watch baby competition on 10 meters which also had a record number of participants - 51.

As always, Vidovdan road race also had a humanitarian character so all money gathered from starting fees for 2K "for little Marija" race were planned for her operation


1.    Birech Cosmas                 KEN       28:50
2.      Laszlo Gregor                   HUN      30:36
3.      Tamas Kovacs                   HUN      31:03
4.      Darko Zivanović               SRB        32:22
5.      Sasa Stolić                          SRB        32:39

1.      Angela Tanui                     KEN       32:47
2.      Martha Akeno                 KEN       33:03
3.      Lucia Kimani                      BiH         35:14
4.      Zita Kacser                         HUN      35:52
5.      Tunde Szabo                     HUN      37:34


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