Sunday, January 16

Records day in Valencia

  • Kenyan Kandie breaks the world record for the half marathon by running in 57.32 minutes
  • Spaniard Lamdassem beats Spain’s marathon record and sets a mark of 2.06.35 hours
  • Only elite runners have participated for health security

The athlete Ayad lamdassem This Sunday, in the 40th edition of the Valencia Marathon, broke the Spanish record for the distance, at the end of the event with a record of 2.06.35 hours that has improved by 17 seconds the previous record set by Julio Rey in Hamburg (Germany) in 2006. The event was held in a closed-door circuit and without the participation of popular athletes

At 39, the Moroccan-born athlete has become the new Spanish marathon record holder in a test in which 300 marathoners have participated and in which the Kenyan Evans Chebet he was proclaimed the winner with a time of 2.03.00, the event’s record and the seventh best mark in history.

With this, Valencia is already the third fastest marathon in the world after Berlin and London. The podium of the men’s event was completed by the Kenyan too Lawrence Cherono, one second from Chebet (2.03.04), and the Ethiopian Birhanu legese (2.03.6), and six men finished under 2.05 hours.

In the urban circuit, totally flat and with security measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lamdassem marched at all times below the previous record of 2.06.52 of Julio Rey, leading the group of Spaniards where they were Hamid ben daoub, who has been the great animator in the first part of the test, the World Cup in Doha Dani Mateo, Camilo Raúl Santiago and the young debutante Red Yago.

The female test

In the women’s event, Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, world half marathon champion, smashed her personal best of 2.23: 50 in six minutes to set a new test record of 2.17.16 hours. Among the Spanish, Marta Galimany from Tarragona , who sought to surpass the Spanish record of Ana Isabel Alonso (2:26:51 in 1995), could not meet her goal but signed a mark of 2:27:08, fourth best Spanish of all time and improving by almost two minutes his previous best mark (2:29:02 this year in Seville). His time allowed him to reach the Olympic minimum for Tokyo 2021.

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Record in the half marathon

In the half marathon event, Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie, 24, smashed the world record for the event this Sunday. He has thus become the first athlete to drop below 58 minutes (57.32 minutes), although three other participants did as well. The Zaragoza-born Carlos Mayo added the second best Spanish mark by running in 1.00.04 hours.

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