The centre of the Czech capital practically ground to a halt on Sunday for the 13th Prague International Marathon. But it was unlucky 13 for the African runners who have dominated the race since its inception in 1994. The Kenyan favourites apparently struggled with temperatures in the mid 20s Celsius, as the event was won by a European for the first time. Helder Ornelas of Portugal finished first in a time of 2:11:49, three minutes short of the race record. Luka Chelimo of Kenya came second, with another Portuguese, Paulo Gomes, finishing third. The women's race was won by Nailya Yulamanova of Russia in a time of 2:33:10.
It wasn't just professional runners who found the going difficult in the sunshine on Sunday. The founder of the Prague Marathon, Italian Paolo Ottone, said many of the event's 4,000-plus participants had found the heat overwhelming. He said they would consider holding the race earlier in the year in future.
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