Yesterday, Spaniard Rafa Botello finished third in the Lisbon Half Marathon. Britain’s David Weir finished first, while Switzerland’s Marcel Hug finished second.
Weir and Hug both started off the race fast, pulling away from the pack in the first 300 meters. At that point, Botello made the tactical decision to try for a third place finish and set his pace accordingly.
At the 8 kilometer mark, the pack behind the lead was seven racers strong. It included Germany’s Alhassane Balde, Great Britain’s Simon Lawson, France’s Claude Issorat and fellow Spaniard Jordi Madera. At that point, Balde, Botello and Lawson made the tactical decision to push the pace and the others were unable to match. Balde managed to pull ahead of Botello at one point, but Botello caught up with him with a half kilometer left in the race at a place where Botello had taken a tumble in a previous edition of the race.
The event was a warm up for upcoming athletics season for Botello. Later in the year, he has both the London and Boston marathons on his schedule.