Kipchichir, Jemeli win Va­len­cia Marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY MUIGAI KIGURU AND AGEN­CIES /

Kenyan Vic­tor Kipchirchir and Valary Jemeli won the 36th edi­tion of the Va­len­cia Marathon yes­ter­day.

Kipchirchir won in a time of 2:07.38 lead­ing Gil­bert Ye­gon and Abel Kirui to sec­ond and third re­spec­tively. How­ever, Kipchirchir could not break John Mwan­gangi’s course record of 2.06.13 he set while win­ning the event last year.

It all seemed to be a new mark in the men’s cat­e­gory, as the dif­fer­ence was 48 sec­onds from the record at 30km (1:29:13). In fact, at this point, the duel was be­tween Ye­gon and Kirui, names that were not con­sid­ered favourite but man­aged to whip all the other top run­ners, who had en­tered the race with ex­ces­sively fast pace.

How­ever, Kipchirchir man­aged to re­cover from 40km but the pace had wors­ened to 51 sec­onds above the best record mainly due to the wind, which played a key role in the sec­ond part of the race. How­ever, Jemeli man­aged to suc­ceed where Kipchirchir failed, clock­ing 2:24:48 to slice al­most two min­utes off the pre­vi­ous best mark. Jemeli had skipped her ti­tle de­fence at yes­ter­day’s Kass marathon to make time for the Spanish race.

The best mark of the Va­len­cia race was pre­vi­ously held by Namib­ian Beata Naigambo Nand­jala at 2.26:57, clocked dur­ing last year’s edi­tion. In ad­di­tion, the mark achieved by Jemeli is the best time achieved on Spanish soil in the dis­tance, which was also in his pos­ses­sion with 2.25:26 achieved this same year in the Barcelona Marathon.

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