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Genzebe Dibaba aims for Florence Kiplagat’s record at the eDreams Mitja Marató Barcelona

  • Dibaba had obtained 8 world records during her successful sports career.
  • The award-winning race as the best half marathon in Spain, has first-rate services for runners.
  • The race to be held on April 3 has one of the fastest circuits in the world.

02.03.22 – Genzebe Dibaba will be one of the main attractions of the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona 2022 to be held on April 3. The runner of 31 years old is one of the best athletes of the XXI century, as she had obtained 8 world records during her successful sports career. No other athlete has been able to hold such a high number of world records at the same time.

The Ethiopian holds, among other, the world record of 1,500 meters since 2015, an Olympic silver medal and a dozen world titles, both in cross; indoor and outdoor. As usual over the years, from 2020 the youngest of the Dibaba’s has made the leap from track to asphalt, and in the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona she has proposed herself the goal of trying to break the record of the circuit held by Florence Kiplagat since 2015.

The Kenyan athlete got the world record of half marathon in Barcelona in 2014 and repeated her feat the following year, lowering the record in 1.05.09. Kiplagat went on to set five world records, including the 15K world record, which until 2015 was held by Tirunesh Dibaba, Genzebe Dibaba’s sister.

Dibaba’s bet on Barcelona and on one of the fastest circuits of the world suggests that the Ethiopian athlete, after her success on the track, has set her objectives on asphalt races and, specifically, on the Olympic marathon in Paris 2024.

Record of the race: Florence Kiplagat 2015

The Kenyan athlete Florence Kiplagat achieved the world record of half marathon in Barcelona in 2014 and repeated her feat the following year, lowering the record to 1.05.09.

Kiplagat set 5 world records, including the 15K world record, which was held until 2015 by Tirunesh Dibaba, Genzebe’s sister.

A circuit to fly

One of the main attractions of the Barcelona race is its fast circuit. In 2020, up to 48 athletes finished in less than 1h05’, and 134 did it in less than 1h10’.

In the last edition, celebrated last October, the Ethiopian athlete Haftu Tekly set the race with a time of 59’39.

These records attract, year after year, many European elite who come to Barcelona looking for a place to dispute the Half Marathon World Championship.

The Barcelona race has obtained the Elite Label awarded by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation). A title given to road races on asphalt that accomplish certain requirements, such as its organizational quality, the sporting level of the elite athletes or the records achieved, among other.

This time, Dibaba’s bet on Barcelona and on one of the fastest circuits in the world suggests that the Ethiopian, after her successful performance on track, has set her objectives in asphalt races. The eDreams Mitja Marató Barcelona will be the best test to see her performance for the Olympic Marathon of Paris 2024. The next edition of the eDreams Mitja Marató Barcelona will be held on Sunday, April 3.

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