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Lornah Kiplagat – EMA Ambassador
Lornah Kiplagat of Kenyan origin, Dutch by marriage, is the founder of the HATC and 4 times world champion.
He held world records in the 5 km, 10 miles, 20 km and half marathon and competed for the Netherlands at the Olympics in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012).
He competed in the 2003 World Championships and won the Cross Country World Championships in Mombasa in 2007.
At the end of 2008 she decided to focus much more on the road and especially on the marathon.
Personal best times:
- 5 K road: 14:47 (World record)
- 10 K Road: 30:32
- 15 K Road: 46:59 (european record)
- 10 Miles: 50:50 (world record)
- 20 K road: 62:57 (World record)
- Half Marathon: 66:25 (Former World record)
- 25 K: 1:23:41
- Matarhon: 2:22:22
Lornah won races in Los Angeles (2x), Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Osaka and was 2nd in Chicago and 3rd in the New York marathons.
She also won the Millenium Shoe Award from the UN and the Abebe Bikila Award. In 2006 and 2007 she was the AIMS World Athlete of the Year.
Lornah is also know for what she is doing outside the sport. She is the founder of the Lornah Kiplagat Foundation, ambassador of the Ministry of Development in the Netherlands and Ambassador of the Jeugd sport fonds in the Netherlands.
Venanzio Ortis – EMA Ambassador
Originally from Paluzza, he is a former Italian middle-distance runner, gold and silver at the European Championships in Prague 1978 respectively in the 5000 and 10000 m.
In 1976 he participated in the Olympic Games in Montrèal but reached the peak of his career in 1978, at the age of 23: on August 16 he established the Italian record on 5000 m floors, finishing in third place at the Zurich Meeting with a time of 13 '20 ″ 8, beaten only by world record holder Henry Rono and home champion Markus Ryffel.
On 29 August, at the European Championships in Prague, he participated in the 10,000 m flat race, the inaugural event of the event, finishing second behind the Finnish Martti Vainio and setting, with a time of 27 ″ 31'48, the new Italian record (half a minute better than the previous record) and the sixth best world performance ever.
On 2 September he finally won the title of European champion of the 5000 m flat with a winning sprint on Ryffel himself and on the Soviet Aleksandr Fedotkin, who finished second ex aequo. It was the first continental title for Italy in an extended middle distance race, many others will follow in the following years.
Following the persistence of the Covid-19 emergency, the Europeans have been postponed.
The new dates set for the event are 17-19 september 2021.