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Rafa Botello finishes third in Lisbon Half Marathon

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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.


Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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