The road-running season has just begun, but Israeli long distance runner Lona Chemtai Salpeter has already started breaking Israeli records, running the half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal in 1:07:55.
The Kenyan-born runner's time, which bettering the record she set seven months ago by 1 minute and 3 seconds, was the fifth-best women’s time ever in Europe. It earned her a second place finish among the women in the race and 20th overall.
This is the first race this season for Salpeter, who is the European champion and Israeli record holder in the 10,000 meters. In the coming months, she will run a number of marathons and half marathons, for the prizes, to earn crucial points to meet Olympic requirements and to gauge her abilities against her rivals.
Only at a later stage in her bid to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will her coach and husband, Dan Salpeter, decide — together with the Israeli Olympic committee and the Israeli Athletics Association — whether she will run the marathon or do middle-distance cross-country runs.