This week, the USA Half Marathon squad will head to China to compete in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The city of Nanning will host athletes from all over the world trying to take home a piece of the $245,000 purse. The favorite on the men's side has to be Zersenay Tadese from Eritrea. Tadese has won four consecutive IAAF Half Marathon Championships and is the world record holder in 58:23. In case you don't want to do the math, that is 4:27 per mile for 13.1 miles!
Two of the five members of the USA men's team are former University of Minnesota runners. Antonio Vega will run as the reigning USA Half Marathon champ while Andrew Carlson will compete in the World Championships for the second consecutive year.
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Y/N: Will Antonio Vega or Andrew Carlson finish in the top twenty of the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships?
Antonio Vega has made some huge strides in 2010. He won the 2010 USA Half Marathon Championship in January. Vega was second at the USA 10 Mile Championship and ran 2:13:47 at the Boston Marathon. Vega is also the 2010 USA Running Circuit overall champion.
Andrew Carlson is the USA 25k champion and has earned his way onto his second consecutive Worlds Half Marathon team. Carlson finished in 20th place in 2009 at the World Half Marathon Championships.
You can see Carlson as the second U.S. finisher in the 2009 results. The 2008 results show Team USA-MN runner Jason Lehmkuhle leading the American squad.
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The fantasy contest question from last week was: Will Meghan Armstrong finish in the top five at the USA 10k Championship in Boston on Monday? The answer was no. Armstrong finished fourteenth in 34:43. Seventeen contestants answered correctly this week. Lori Anne Peterson gave the right answer for the fourth straight week to stay one-up on Gregg Robertson in first place.