COPENHAGEN WASH OUT

TORRENTIAL RAIN CAUSES CHAOS IN BIG 13.1-MILE RACE IN DENMARK

Athletics Weekly - - Dip Finish -

THE Copenhagen Half-marathon saw the fourth fastest time in his­tory from win­ner Abra­ham Cher­oben, who won in 58:40, but con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rated soon af­ter he fin­ished and the race was called off half­way through due to flash floods.

The Dan­ish event fea­tured a field of 20,000 and started un­der clear, blue skies. The great weather led to Cher­oben clock­ing a fast 58:40 to win. But the event was later hit by light­ning, torrential rain and hail as soaked run­ners fought their way to the fin­ish line.

Con­di­tions be­came so bad that tim­ing mats on the fin­ish area be­gan to float away in the wa­ter and two-and-a-quar­ter hours into the race it was can­celled.

On social me­dia there were ex­tra­or­di­nary im­ages of run­ners splash­ing through an­kle deep wa­ter on the roads and also stand­ing shiv­er­ing post-race with slabs of ice and snow on the ground.

In a state­ment or­gan­is­ers said: “Due to thun­der­storms, light­ning strikes, mas­sive hail and flood­ing in the start­ing and fin­ish area and on parts of the course, the CPH Half was dis­con­tin­ued for the safety of all run­ners and spec­ta­tors.”

Copenhagen Half-marathon:

hor­ren­dous con­di­tions

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