Many thanks to Victor Sailer of PhotoRun, best cameraman in the sport, for providing pics of Edna Kiplagat (Nike) winning today’s EDP Lisbon Half-Marathon, along with Irvette van Zyl (adidas) in 10th, Paula Todoran (adidas) in 17th, and Ionela Dinca in 18th. (As always, all rights reserved by PhotoRun, Inc.)
Cristiana Frumuz took her first national title of the year on Saturday, winning the senior women’s title at Romania’s national cross-country championships over an 8,000m course in Botosani. 22 year-old Liliana Danci, who will make her marathon debut next month, took the runner-up spot, followed by two other women supported by our Romanian development program: Elena Moaga (3rd) and Alina Boholtan (4th).
The 6,000m junior women’s race was won by Madalina Florea, who stepped up last year to the international level with a great 7th-place finish in the finals of the 5,000m at the IAAF World Junior Championships. From our development program, Cristina Negru (2nd) and Ionela Dinca (3rd) made it a clean sweep of the podium.
In the Romanian Youth Athletics Championships that concluded yesterday, three women from our adidas-Boulder Wave Development Program swept the 10,000m podium: Ionela Dinca took the title with a 41-second PB of 35:48.03, a fraction ahead of Nicoleta Petrescu in 35:48.36. Cristina Negru chopped a massive 76 seconds off her best time with 36:10.47 for 3rd to round out the podium sweep.
Madalina Florea (adidas/CSS Sighisoara) of our adidas-Boulder Wave Romania Development project won the women’s 5,000m in Bucharest this weekend in a 16-second PB of 16:20.97. The win and the time gain her qualification for this summer’s IAAF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Barcelona from July 10th – 15th. Anca Maria Bunea (adidas/CSS Medias/CS Unire) of our program took 2nd place in a 16:27.92 PB, while Ionela Dinca (adidas/CSU Craiova) won the 10,000m in an 18-second PB of 36:11.32.