The Valencia Marathon confirms a poster of elite athletes TOP
He Valencia Alfonso Alfonso EDP Marathon 2019 will feature a team of elite athletes never seen before in a Spanish event with the aim of attacking the Top5 of the fastest circuits in the world. To do this, it should be lowered about one minute the men's test record that is currently at 2h04: 31, which would once again be the fastest race in Spain at 42,195km.
Three world reference names
To achieve this, in the male category there are three key names: the author of the record mark in 2018, the Ethiopian Leul Gebresilase (2h04: 02) and, above all, his compatriots Getaneh Molla (2h03: 34) and Herpesa Negasa (2h03: 40). Precisely, the brand achieved by Molla in January in Dubai, placed this marathon as the third fastest circuit in the world. Nor should we take our eyes off the Kenyan Emmanuel Saina (2h05: 02), which in seven months between 2018 and April 2019 has managed to run three times below 2h06: 00. In addition, the starting list has twelve runners sub 2h06: 00 and 22 sub 2h10, including Tsegaye Kebede (2h04: 38), Norbert Kigen (2h05: 13) or Felix Kiprotich (2h05: 33).
Next to them will be also Kenyan Gideon Kipketer (2:05:51), a very regular sub 2h06 athlete, who was the hare of Geoffrey Kamworor in Copenhagen and the INEOS 1h59 challenge; and the Eritrean Ghirmay Gebreselassie, world marathon champion in 2015 and winner of the New York marathon in 2016.
The European Record, also at stake
Special interest will be the duel that for trying to beat the European Record of Marathon, the Turk Kaan Kigen Ozbilen (2:05:27), which is 16 seconds from the mark, and the Norwegian Sondre Moen (2:05:48) that is 37 seconds and that plays with the advantage of knowing the city well, since the Valencia Half Marathon has run in previous editions.
Five women below the test record
In the female category, It also seeks to lower the current test record (2h21: 14) and for this there will be five women arrive with a mark below. Topping the list is the four-time world champion and current 5000-meter Olympic champion, the Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot (2h18: 31), the athlete with the best curriculum of the entire male and female elite. Victory will not be easy in the presence of three powerful Ethiopians: Dereje Roza (2h19: 17); Birhane Dibaba (2h19: 51), recent winner of the half marathon in Copenhagen, twice winner of the Tokyo Marathon and who took first place in Valencia in 2012 with only 19 years; and the young debutant Zeineba Yimer (1h05: 46 this year in half marathon), fifth in the World Half Marathon Valencia 2018.
The other two best that credit less than 2h21 are the Kenyan Prisca Jeptoo (2h20: 14) and Purity Rionoripo (2h20: 55). They will be accompanied by four women sub 2h22: 00, among them the Ethiopian Workenesh Edesa (2h21: 05) who arrives in very good shape, and another 15 more sub 2h28: 00.
The Spanish participation in the test arouses great optimism after the avalanche of personal records in the Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Valencia Half Marathon. Juan Antonio ‘Chiki’ Pérez debuts, after achieving the second best mark in the history of Spain at 21,097.5 m, and Houssame Benabbou; while Camilo Santiago (2h13: 56), Ayad Lamdassem (2h09: 28) and Iraizt Arrospide (2h13: 23) repeat. 67 athletes of 29 nationalities, which this year includes an extra prize for all those who achieve in Valencia Ciudad del Running their minimum mark for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and that it is this chrono that leads to the appointment in Japan.
Cheptegei, for the World Record in 10K
The last 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso will live his most exciting farewell, because Ugandan athlete Joshua Cheptegei arrives in Valencia in search of the World Record, currently in the hands of Kenyan Leonard Patrick Komon (26:44).
Cheptegei is an athlete of the NN Running Team, the world's first professional athletics team, and has achieved three major milestones this year that he hopes to finish off in Valencia: world cross champion in March, Diamond League champion in 5,000m in August, and 10,000 meter world champion at the Doha World Cup, sitting on the throne that Mo Farah had occupied in the last three editions.