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Athletics Australia - News- Kavarna ready for Australian team of four

The closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has not seen the end of the international athletics calendar, as athletes from across the world get set to compete at the IAAF world half marathon championships in Kavarna (BUL) tomorrow.

The last event on the 2012 IAAF competition calendar, this year’s event is the 20th instalment of the championships that were last year won by Wilson Kiprop (KEN, 1:00:07) and Florence Kiplagat (KEN, 1:08:24).

Australia will field a team of four in Kavarna. Flying the flag in the women’s event is Lara Tamsett (NSW), while in the men’s race Harry Summers (NSW), Clint Perrett (Vic) and Liam Adams (Vic) will all start and compete as a team.

Tamsett is the 2012 City2Surf winner and at the Qantas Melbourne Track Classic and Olympic Trial she ran 16:04.40 to cross second in the women’s 5000m. Competing in her first half marathon since winning Gold Coast Half Marathon last year, the pint-sized Sydney-sider has previously represented Australia at the 2006 IAAF world junior championships in Beijing (CHN) and at three instalments of the IAAF world cross country championships.

Adams joined Tamsett atop the podium at the City2Surf crossing in a time of 41:31 to win his second consecutive crown. Competing across the half marathon distance twice in 2012, Adams took victory on the Gold Coast in a time of 1:03.28, while at the Burnley Half Marathon in earlier this month he placed 8th.

Summers placed second at the Gold Coast Half Marathon two months ago, and won a bronze medal in the Australian 10km Road Running Championships in Launceston (TAS), while Perrett crossed 7th in the Brighton Marathon and 4th in the Verbania Lago Maggiore Half Marathon this year.

Current Australian selector Steve Moneghetti is the best-performed Australian male at the event, winning silver at the 1993 event, while 2012 Olympian Benita Willis crossed third for bronze in 2003.

In Nanning (CHN) last year, the Australian women’s team was 4th overall. Nikki Chapple (Vic) was the best-placed finisher in 12th.

For more information on the 2012 IAAF world half marathon championships, please click here.

Kavarna, Bulgaria
Saturday 6 October 2012

Women’s Race -  08:30am local time (3:30pm AEST)
Men’s Race -  11:00am local time (6:00pm AEST)

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