New Year’s Eve is invariably the period of the popular Sylvester corridas. Robin Hendrix traveled to the north of Italy for the BoClassic in Bolzano.
“He actually looked up to it, even with that long journey”, says Quinten Lafort of the Runner’s Lab Athletics Team, of which Hendrix is a part. “He hadn’t really cared for this game either.”
But in the strong field of participants, including the two-time reigning world champion Muktar Edris, Hendrix held up astonishingly well.
After 5 kilometers there was eventually to be sprinted. The Ugandan Oscar Chelimo won, but just behind it Hendrix finished in 13’19 “, barely a second above the European record of Frenchman Jimmy Gressier earlier this year.” That is by far the fastest 5 kilometers a Belgian has ever run on the road “, Lafort knows.