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A MTIJA FULL OF RECORDS

08/02/2019
  • 19,000 athletes, a record, will line up at the start of the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona this Sunday
  • It will also have the highest number of women in its history, almost 6,000
  • There have never been so many foreign runners (44%) or so many nationalities (103 countries)
  • The Ethiopian athlete Roza Dereje will try to beat the women’s world record

 

The eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona, which will take place this Sunday 10 February, will be a race of records. 19,000 athletes will line up at the start in Passeig Pujades, a figure never reached before after all the race numbers were snapped up, and higher than the 17,800 runners in 2017.

Another record is the number of women participating, which has risen to almost 6,000, the highest figure to date that represents 31% of the total number of entries.

This edition of the Barcelona Half-Marathon will also have the highest ever number of foreign runners (8,323) and countries represented (103). The percentage of athletes from outside Spain is 44%, the most represented countries being France (1,822), the UK (1,334), Italy (785) and Germany (742), not forgetting other exotic places such as Costa Rica, Cape Verde, Saudi Arabia, Cameroon, Malaysia, Mauritius or the Virgin Islands, to mention just a few. Even the Earth’s sixth continent is represented: Antarctica.

The evolution has been spectacular since the company RPM-MKTG took over the organisation of the Mitja in 2011, when 8,111 runners took part (only 1,460 women).

 

Going for the women’s world record

In sporting terms, we would highlight the presence of the Ethiopian athlete Roza Dereje Bekele, who is coming to Barcelona with the aim of beating the women’s world record for the half-marathon, currently held by Joyciline Jepkosgei (1:04:51, Valencia 2017). Her story recalls that of Florence Kiplagat, who lowered the world record in the event in 2014 and 2015. Apart from Dereje, other contenders are her compatriot Dibabe Kuma and the Kenyan athletes Sally Chepyego, Lucy Cheruiyot and Celestine Chepchirchir. Among the national athletes a major figure is Marta Esteban, who will use Nacho Cáceres as a pacemaker, and Marta Galimany.

As for elite male runners, among those lining up at the start will be Eric Kiptanui (Kenya), one of the best distance runners in the world, as his performances show. Particularly memorable was his win in the Berlin Half-Marathon last year with a time of 58:42, or the 27:34 he clocked in the San Silvestre Vallecana in 2017. His main rivals will be Azmeraw Bekele (Ethiopia), Moses Kurong (Uganda), Samuel Tsegai (Eritrea) -all three have run the distance under 1 hour- and Meshak Koech (Kenya).

 

New APP

One of the novelties in this edition is the new APP of the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona. It will allow you to follow the runners in real time, get information on the event, read the latest news on the race, etc. The app can be downloaded to a smartphone free of charge from Play Store (Android) and Apple Store (iPhone).


 

Elite Men

Eric Kiptanui

KEN

 

58:42

Samuel Tsegay

ERI

1992

59:21

Azmeraw Bekele

ETH

1986

59:39

Moses Kurong

UGA

1994

59:50

Meshak Koech

KEN

1988

1:00:07

Solomon Deksisa

ETH

1994

1:00:12

Abrar Osman

ERI

1994

1:00:19

Betesfa Getahun

ETH

1998

1:00:26

Abebe Degefa

ETH

1984

1:00:40

Jiksa Tolosa

ETH

1998

1:01:50

Mustafa Mohamed

SWE

1979

1:02:40

Philipp Pflieger

GER

1987

1:03:14

Peter Herzog

AUT

1987

1:03:22

Jonathan Korir

KEN

1986

2:06:37 (42k)

 

Elite Women

Roza Dereje Bekele

ETH

1997

1:07:00

Lucy Cheruiyot

KEN

1997

1:07:23

Sally Chepyego

KEN

1985

1:07:52

Celestine Chepchirchir

KEN

1995

1:08:35

Dibabe Kuma

ETH

1996

1:08:37

Lily Partrigde

GBR

1991

1:10:32

Anja Scherl

GER

1986

1:11:10

Charlotte Arter

GBR

1991

1:11:52

Marta Esteban Poveda

ESP

1982

1:12:08

Tracy Barlow

GBR

1985

1:12:15

Mekdes Woldu

ERI

1992

1:12:30

Franzisca Reng

GER

1996

1:12:33

Sonia Samuels

GBR

1979

1:12:36

Jennifer Nesbitt

GBR

1885

1:12:54

Julie Briscoe

GBR

1976

1:13:00

Jenny Spink

GBR

1981

1:13:01

Marta Galimany

ESP

1985

1:13:13

Ann-Marie McGlynn

IRL

1980

1:13:44