News : The Spanish athletes who will run the Valencia Marathon and the Media
What a cast of national stars will take part in the start of the Valencia Marathon and Half Marathon. The organization announced this Thursday the elite Spanish athletes who will participate in the test on December 6. After making public the list of top-level internationals who will try to approach or attack the world record for distance, ‘Valencia Ciudad del Running’ has given this second string of names among which are the best Spanish marathoner of the moment (Javi Guerra ), the newcomer Toni Abadía, Chiki Pérez, Iraitz Arrospìde, Camilo Santiago… We are going to ‘order them’.
Going for the Spanish Record
Let’s start with the long distance. In the marathon it was already announced that the Ethiopians Birhanu Legese (2h02: 48, third best marathon record in history) or Kinde Atanaw (2h: 03: 51), winner last year and current record holder of the Valencian circuit or the Also winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, Lawrence Cherono (2:04:06), the European record holder Kaan Kigen Özbilen (2:04:16), or the world champion Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45).
Well, to those names we must add Hamid Ben Daoud (2h07: 33 – February 2020), who will try to beat the Spanish record held by Julio Rey (2:06:52 – 2006). Along with him will run athletes like Dani Mateo (2h10: 53), ranked tenth and third European in the World Marathon held in Doha last year. Along with him will also run athletes like Iván Fernández (2h09: 55), Ayad Lamdasem (2h09: 28), Houssame Benabbou (2h10: 45), Iraitz Arrospide (2h10: 59) or Camilo Santiago (2h10: 02), first Spanish finish in the last edition of the Valencia Marathon.
The long-awaited premiere of Abadía
The group of favorites is completed by José Antonio ‘Chiki’ Pérez (2h11: 50), athlete from Serrano Club de Atletismo, who repeats in Valencia to improve his marathon record and achieve the minimum expected for Tokyo, and the Aragonese Toni Abadía, who It will debut in Valencia after not being able to do so in 2019 due to an injury in its preparation.
In the female category, the best athletes of the moment are cited with the same objective of achieving an Olympic minimum. Marta Galimany (2h29: 02), a benchmark of national athletics that comes from setting the track hour record, is running as the favorite with 2h26: 50 of personal mark. Elena Loyo, who obtained 2h30: 57 in 2019 as the first Spaniard in the 42 Valencian kilometers, will be one of her rivals in the race alongside Irene Pelayo (2h32: 15), Estela Navascués (2h32: 38) or Gema Barrachina (2h33: 29) ).
Be careful with the athletes that we will have in the Media: In the male category, the Segovian Javi Guerra (1h01: 38) is running as the favorite to be the best national in the Elite Edition on December 6. His rivals include Carlos Mayo, Spanish cross champion and debutant in the distance; Adel Mechaal (1h03: 25) A benchmark athlete in the athletics environment, who arrives in Valencia with very good marks and with the aim of improving his mark, or Tariku Novales (1h02: 34), current Spanish half marathon champion. Mohamed Jellou (1h03: 38), who shared the podium with Tariku or Ignacio Giménez, who will debut in the distance.
In the female category, Laura Méndez (1h13: 19), the first Spanish in the Valencia 2019 Half Marathon and summoned to represent Spain in the Gdynia World Half Marathon (Poland), is in the group of favorites, along with Elena García Grimau (1h13: 36) or the Valencian Marta Esteban (1h12: 08)