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'RunCzech Racing Athlete Abraham Kipyatich to Continue His Running Career in Japan'

a RunCzech press release

Abraham Kipyatich, one of the strongest performers on the RunCzech Racing team, is to spend the remainder of the year in Japan, competing for the Asahi Kasei Athletics Team. After a number of fine and stable performances last year, and a victory in the Birell Prague Grand Prix 2016, as a culmination of the fine season Abraham had.

The Asahi Kasei Athletics Team was founded in 1946 and is based in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture. The team is known for its great history, especially for producing Olympians (marathon), national record holders and other legends of our sport. In 2017, Asahi Kasei became first team in an 18-year period to win the New Year Ekiden National Corporate Men's Road Relay Championships with an all-Japanese lineup.

Kipyatich is the first non-Japanese runner in the team and only one out of two non-Japanese runners team has in its line-up for 2017 season. Kipyatich already had successful experience in Japan this year - he managed solid fourth place in the 2017 Marugame Half Marathon out of full training for the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.

We are looking forward to welcoming Kipyatich back to Prague this September for the Birell Prague Grand Prix 2017 and we are looking forward to following his performances in Japan and in several leading road races around the world. Abraham Kipyatich has been member of RunCzech Racing team since 1 January 2016. RunCzech Racing program is supported by adidas Running, with Prague-based Ikaika Sports being responsible for talent ID, athlete representation, management and mentoring.


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