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NAIROBI Comprar Hombre Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Racer Azul Total Rojos , Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Defending champion Barselius Kipyego and Violah Jepchumba of Kenya will start as the favourites at the Mattoni Labem Half Marathon in the north-central Czech city on Saturday.

Kipyego, who set the race record with his 59:15 personal best last year, is one of four men in the field who have dipped under the one-hour mark for the distance.

The others are Kenyan Kenneth Keter, who clocked 59:48 last year; Lahbabi Aziz of Morocco who ran 59:25 in 2014; and another Kenyan Comprar Hombre Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Oreo Negras , Solomon Kirwa Yego, who clocked 58:44 last year on the fast Ostia course.

Yego has the best time of the entrants this season at 59:50 from February's Ras Al Khaimah race where he finished fourth.

The 30-year-old impressed at the Paris Marathon two months later where he clocked a 2:07:12 lifetime best to finish fourth.

Kipyego, 24, clocked 1:00:47 in his only half marathon this year Comprar Hombre Mujer Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Verde Blancas , finishing fourth in Prague in April.

Keter ran 1:01:05 in Ras Al Khaimah in February, where he finished eighth and Lahbabi 1:02:17 in Istanbul in April.

Ismail Juma of Tanzania and Kenyans Josphat Kiprop Kiptis and Josphat Kimutai Tanui, with 1:00:09, 1:00:21 and 1:00:38 bests respectively Comprar Hombre Mujer Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Negras Naranja , should be in the hunt as well.

Jepchumba, 26, leads the women's field. The Kenyan is one of history's fastest women over 10km and the half marathon, with 30:05 and 1:05:22 lifetime bests to rank second and fifth over the distances all-time.

Both performances came in the same race Comprar Hombre Mujer Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Army Verde Negras , when she finished second to Joyciline Jepkosgei at the Prague Half Marathon on April 1.

She was nearly as fast at last weekend's Birell Prague 10km, where she clocked 30:25 to finish third behind yet another world record run by her former compatriot Jepkosgei.

Others in the hunt include Lucy Cheruiyot, the runner-up last year at 1:08:17 and Yvonne Jelagat, whose current personal best stands at 1:08:19.

Kenyans Stacy Jepkemboi Ndiwa and Lydia Rotich Comprar Hombre Mujer Nike Air Max 270 Flyknit Marrones , who have clocked 1:10:08 and 1:10:57, could play a role as well.

Meanwhile, former two-time Olympic 5,000m champion Meseret Defar from Ethiopia will compete in the Philadelphia Half Marathon on Sept. 17.

The Ethiopian will face off against former Boston Marathon winners Caroline Rotich from Kenya and Buzunesh Deba from Ethiopia as well as top American distance runner Jordan Hasay.

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LAGOS, March 3 (Xinhua) -- The governor of southwest Nigeria's Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi said Friday his administration welcomes investment from Chinese companies.

Ajimobi said was speaking in Ibadan, the state capital while receiving a Chinese delegation led by Lin Jing, minister-counselor with the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria.

The governor told his guests that the state government forged business ties with some Chinese groups in its newly-established Free Trade Zone along the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway.

He cited the company Polaris as an example, which cooperated with the Nigerian side in establishing the Pacesetter Polaris Group. According to the governor, Pacesetter Polaris has attracted 153 construction companies.

"We are planning to construct light rail in the state and I hope the project would be completed in 24 months," he said.

Ajimobi added he looked forward to working with more Chinese enterprises in the fields of agriculture, solar energy and infrastructure.

The governor said his state decided to strengthen its relationship with China because of the country's phenomenal economic growth.

Lin said the visit was to further strengthen ties between the Chinese government and the Oyo State government.

The governor has made a number of trips to China in the last three years to seek investment to improve infrastructure in his state.

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