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Cardiff racing event 'major coup'

Cardiff will host the prestigious IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016 - a decision that's been described as a 'major coup' for Wales.

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Wales' successful racing bid a 'major achievement'

The World Half Marathon Championships will be the biggest athletics event hosted in Wales since the 1958 Commonwealth Games.

This is a major coup for Cardiff and Wales and is a huge endorsement of the excellent work that has been put into the Cardiff Half Marathon over the past decade.

It is a major achievement for a small nation like Wales to be able to win an IAAF major championship event and our successful bid proved the power of the partnerships we have been able to build in recent years with the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council.

Now we have less than three years to prepare for one of the most prestigious sporting events ever staged in Wales and we intend to make it one to remember.

– Matt Newman, Welsh Athletics CEO

Cardiff's bid to host the event was announced last month.

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