Memorial Peppe Greco

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Paul Tergat was the winner of the first international competition

The Memorial Peppe Greco is an annual men's 10 kilometres road race which takes place in Scicli, Italy. Also known as the Scicli 10km, the race was created in 1990 by Giovanni Voi. The course consists of ten one-kilometre laps on the streets of the city, which includes a difficult 300-metre stretch uphill over cobblestones.[1]

After varying distances in the first four years of the race, the course was standardised to its current format in 1994.[2] A local man, Giorgio Adamo,[3] won the first race but over the following years the high quality of the competition established the Memorial Peppe Greco as an elite-level meeting on the European road running circuit, with past winners including world record breakers Paul Tergat, Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele.[1][4]

The race was created to honour Peppe Greco, an Italian doctor who died in a car accident. It became an international competition in 1994 and rose to prominence in 1995 after Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat chose to use the race as their first "re-match" after the World Championship 10,000 metres final.[5][6]

The course record is held by Haile Gebrselassie, who ran 28 minutes and 22 seconds to win the 1997 edition of the race. A women's five kilometres race was also held in 2000 and 2001, and Merima Denboba is the course record holder with 16 minutes and 32 seconds.[2] A new women's race was introduced in 2010 and took place over a course of roughly 7 km, a day before the men's race.[7]

Winners[edit]

Course record holder Haile Gebreselassie is a four-time race winner
Kenenisa Bekele, the 10,000 m world record holder, won in 2003
Men's race[2]
Year Winner Nationality Time
(m:s)
1990 Giorgio Adamo  Italy 32:54
1991 Giorgio Adamo  Italy  ?
1992 Geri Interrante  Italy 19:24 (6.5 km)
1993 Francesco Bennici  Italy 23:24 (8.3 km)
1994 Paul Tergat  Kenya  ?
1995 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 28:39
1996 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 28:42
1997 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 28:22 CR
1998 Haile Gebrselassie  Ethiopia 28:59
1999 Paul Tergat  Kenya 29:31
2000 Brahim Lahlafi  Morocco 28:38
2001 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 29:19
2002 Charles Kamathi  Kenya 28:31
2003 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 28:50
2004 Sileshi Sihine  Ethiopia 28:41
2005 Stefano Baldini  Italy 29:36[6]
2006 Martin Lel  Kenya 28:45[8]
2007 Martin Lel  Kenya 29:02[4]
2008 Edwin Soi  Kenya 28:57[9]
2009 Edwin Soi  Kenya 29:01[1]
2010 Edwin Soi  Kenya 29:17
2011 Imane Merga  Ethiopia 28:37
2012  ?  ? ?
2013 Thomas Lokomwa  Kenya 29:18
Women's race
Year Winner Nationality Time
(m:s)
2010 Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 23:33
2011 Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 24:35

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zorzi, Alberto (2009-09-27). Soi defends Scicli 10Km crown. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  2. ^ a b c Albo D'Oro. Peppe Greco. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  3. ^ Granata, Michelangelo. Il Memorial Peppe Greco – Storia. Peppe Greco. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  4. ^ a b Zorzi, Alberto (2007-08-05). Lel repeats at Memorial Peppe Greco 10Km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  5. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2004-09-27). Sihine defeats Baldini in Scicli 10km race. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  6. ^ a b Zorzi, Alberto (2005-09-26). Baldini outsprints Kirui in Scicli 10km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  7. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2010-09-27). Soi and Kibet take victories in Scili. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-28.
  8. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2006-08-20). Lel dominates in Scicli. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
  9. ^ Zorzi, Alberto (2008-09-28). Soi defeats Wanjiru in Scicli 10Km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.

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