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All-time records in the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona

10/02/2019

Barcelona, 10/02/2019. Barcelona got all dressed up for a real fiesta to welcome 19,000 runners, a figure that beats all the records to date in the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona. The race in the city had never seen such a big turnout. Not only that, 6,000 women, 8,500 runners from other countries and 103 nationalities lined up at the start at 08:45 in Passeig Pujades. All-time record figures.

The weather was excellent, both for running and encouraging the competitors. The people of Barcelona love sports, especially running and the city’s half-marathon, and you could see it on the streets. There have never been so many spectators cheering on the athletes, each one seeking their personal best or other challenges.

The race winner was Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan runner, one of the best long-distance athletes of the moment, wrote his name in the gold medal book alongside other prestigious names such as Abel Kirui, Mule Wasihum or Eliud Kipchoge. He did it by winning an exciting sprint at the end in which up to four athletes were in with a chance of victory right up to the finish line. The top spot on the podium was for Kiptanui thanks to his time of 61:04, ahead of Abebe Degefa (61:05) and Betesfa Getahun (61:07).

In the women’s category, the great favourite, the Ethiopian runner Roza Dereje, has had a high profile all weekend and rounded it off winning with an excellent time (01:06:00), beating her personal best by one minute. She had said she was aiming at the world record, but it was not to be this time. Sally Chepyego (01:08:29) finished second and Lucy Cheruiyoy (01:08:31) third.

As for locally-based runners, Daniel Mateo (01:03:52) was the fastest ahead of Carles Castillejo (01:03:57), while Marta Galimany was the fastest woman with a personal best of 01:12:28.

Eric Kiptanui: “Running in Barcelona has been a great experience. I enjoyed the race and winning it. The public were really encouraging. I was only able to beat my rivals right at the finish”.

Roza Dereje: “I am happy to win and beat my personal best. It has been a great day to run, with a nice temperature and a fast circuit. I tried to beat the world record, but it was not to be today”.

After the Half-Marathon, the next major date will be March 10th with the Zurich Marató Barcelona.