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Lagat, Gebremeskel Headline Sunday's Carlsbad 5000

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Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel looks to win 5th straight title at 30th edition of ‘World’s Fastest 5K’; Bernard Lagat, Diego Estrada lead U.S. runners at one of road racing’s iconic events - CARLSBAD, Calif.   – Recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ with a storied history of 16 world records, no athlete in Carlsbad 5000 history has been more successful than Dejen Gebremeskel.

Gebremeskel, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, has won the last four runnings of the race, following a second-place finish in 2010. On Sunday, he will try and make it an unprecedented five in a row.

It will not be easy. Lined up next to him will be 40-year-old Bernard Lagat, one of the most decorated distance runners of all time. Last year, Lagat finished second, only five seconds Gebremeskel and thought he had broken the American record by three seconds with a time of 13:21. However, on a remeasurement of the course, it was found to be 13.5 feet short, so the record was not acceptable.

Leonard Komon targets world leading time in Prague

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(photo:photorun.net / Sportisimo Prague Half Maratho) Leonard Komon is ready to produce something special at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The Kenyan, who is the world record holder at 10 and 15 k, will run only his second race at the distance on Saturday. Featuring a personal best of 59:14 which makes him the fastest in Prague’s elite field Komon’s goal is a world leading time of sub 59 minutes. Four more athletes who have already broken the prestigious one hour mark are on the start list while another seven feature personal bests of sub 61 minutes. The women’s field is equally strong with eight athletes in the field who have run faster than 70 minutes. Kenya’s Lucy Kabuu heads the list with a PB of 66:09.

The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon marks the start of the Run Czech Running League 2015, which features a total of seven high-quality races throughout the Czech Republic. Among those is the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on 3rd May. Demand for Run Czech races is extremely high. All 12,500 bib numbers for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, were sold out before the end of last year.

Dibaba aiming for Defar’s mark in Carlsbad

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Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second world record of the year at the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday where she will attempt to break Meseret Defar's world 5km record of 14:46  - Prolific record-breaker Genzebe Dibaba will be looking for her second record of the year when she lines up in the Carlsbad 5000 on Sunday (29).

Dibaba is targeting the mark of 14:46 which was set by her compatriot Meseret Defar on this course in 2006.

“I know the world record is tough, but I want to come and break it,” said Dibaba, who is making her 5km road debut this weekend.

If Dibaba breaks Defar’s mark, it will be her fifth world record - or world best - in the space of fourteen months.

Farah shatters European half marathon record in Lisbon

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After breaking the world indoor best for two miles in Birmingham last month, Mo Farah was in record-breaking form again almost one month to the day at the 25th edition of the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Sunday (22).

Contesting his first half marathon since winning the Great North Run last September, Farah claimed his second win on the bounce at this distance in a British and European record of 59:32.

In warm and breezy conditions, Farah sliced 20 seconds from Fabian Roncero’s long-standing record. For good measure, his 20km split of 56:27 was 24 seconds faster than the European record set by Roncero en route to his now-beaten half marathon record.

SPORTISIMO PRAGUE HALF MARATHON ON MARCH 28

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High Quality Dozen challenge Honours in Prague - The Czech capital will stage one of the highest calibre half marathon races anywhere in the world on March 28: a dozen runners with personal bests under 61 minutes will be on the start list for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon. The women’s race is just as strong in prospect with nine athletes showing fastest performances of under 70 minutes. Leading the charts for fastest career times are Leonard Komon and Lucy Kabuu. The Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race.

“This is, of course, one of the strongest fields we’ve ever had in Prague. We’ve never had 12 runners with personal bests of under 61 minutes in the race. I think we can look forward to some great competition,” says Carlo Capalbo, President of the organising team.