Preview, tour, schedules and participants of the San Silvestre Vallecana
The San Silvestre Vallecana He will say goodbye to 2019 with 42,000 runners, among them the best marathoners and Spanish midfielders, who will be on the asphalt of Madrid for the most special 10-kilometer race that unites the elite with the popular.
Since the Madrid Chema Martínez prevailed in 2003 and the palencia Marta Marta Dominguez in 2008, no Spaniard has crossed the finish line as a winner. The Ugandan Send Bushendich (third last year) and the Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich, recent marathon world champion in Doha, are favorites this year.
The surprise will try to give the Aragonese Toni Abadía, which already has three podiums in the San Silvestre Vallecana and will now try to meet again with the honor box after the sixth place shared with his friend "Chiki" Pérez last year. It comes from being eleventh in the European cross, the best of the Spanish.
“The Sansil has always been good for me. I have had a complicated season on track but in ascending trajectory. I arrive in my best form, ”said Abadía during the presentation of athletes.
Fernando Carro, Spanish record holder of 3,000 m obstacles, will put the finishing touch in Vallecas for an exceptional year. The Madrid will try to improve the seventh place of 2012 and 2015, and lower his personal mark in the race, which is 28:43.
“I debuted in 2007 and was trembling with excitement as I picked up the number. Thirteen years later I still have the same sensations to the surface. I trained very well in Teide but the snow does not forgive and something constipadillo arrived. I hope to be over 28 minutes, but if we go out to burst from the beginning it will be difficult, ”warned the Madrid athlete at the press conference before the race.
Spanish first level
The soriano Daniel Mateo, tenth in the last World Cup in Doha and the only one with a secured passport for the Tokyo Olympics, will seek to improve its 16th place last year.
Camilo Santiago arrives in great shape after being the best Spanish in the Valencia Marathon with 2h10: 02, where he surpassed other athletes present in the Vallecana such as Ayad Lamdassem - with three second places and a third place in Vallecas - or Houssame Benabbou.
To them we must join the Spanish of Maghreb origin Hamid Ben Daoud, who stayed out of the Doha World Cup due to injury, but who achieved a prodigious time of 2h08: 14 in 2019, the best mark achieved by a Spaniard in the distance since 2006.
Nor will the best of the Spanish medium fund be lacking. The Salamanca Álvaro de Arriba his poster of the current champion of Europe of 800 meters on the indoor track will look on the streets of Madrid, well surrounded by the current champion on the indoor track, Jesus Gomezthe obstacle Daniel Arce or Adel Mechaal, already more focused on the bottom and with a spectacular medal winners in which a cross-country European runner-up and another outdoors in 5,000 m in 2016 stand out.
Roberto Alaiz, after several years absent due to injury, he returns to the San Silvestre Vallecana, in which he demonstrated his qualities with two third positions in 2012 and 2013.
Azucena Díaz, the Spanish hope
In the female category Azucena Díaz He will fight again to be the best Spanish, as in the 2017 edition, when he finished in fourth position. Among his achievements are three national half marathon titles.
In the starting line also highlights the viguesa Carmela Cardama, 23, university runner-up of 10,000 meters in the United States with the best Spanish brand in history at that age (33: 11.56), surpassing Alessandra Aguilar. In addition, the record of Spain of 5,000 in the room with 15: 25.41 comes from beating.
“I have been in the United States for five years and I am improving a lot but we have to keep working. That is the mentality I want to have. My recent mark of 15: 21.41 in 5,000 on the indoor track gives me a lot of confidence and I hope I can do the Olympic minimum, ”said the clinical psychology student.
The polish Katarzyna Jankowska It is presented at San Silvestre Vallecana with its national titles in 5,000 and 10,000 meters as the main successes to date, but above all with a more than interesting mark in 10,000 meters achieved in the 2019 European Cup with 32:31:40.
The race will have its starting point in the vicinity of the stadium Santiago Bernabeu (the popular at 17.30, the international at 19.55) and the goal in the Vallecas Stadium, with a route of 10 km that will cross some of the most emblematic points of the city such as the Puerta de Alcalá, the Plaza de Cibeles, that of Neptune, the Paseo de Recoletos or the Atocha station.
The record of the absolute test is held by the Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo and the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, that last year they credited 26:41 and 29:54 marks, respectively.