Female record of Helen Bekele in the Zurich Marató of Barcelona and male triumph of Kipkemoi Chesum

12/3/2017

For the second consecutive year the Zurich Marató of Barcelona has surpassed 20.000 registers in a day of citizen and athletic party.

The Ethiopian Helen Bekelereached this morning the women's record of the Zurich Marató of Barcelona with an amazing time of 2:25:04, while in masculine category the Kenyan Jonah KipkemoiChesum has staged an unexpected triumph with a record of2:08:57, surprising the mainfavorites. With 20.217 registered, the Barcelona marathon consolidates as one of the greatest in Europe.

The Zurich Marató of Barcelonaparty has been completed with the women's record, achieved by Helen Bekele. It was a great day for breaking records and the Ethiopian has stoodas protagonist leaving its mark in the 39th edition of the test.

“It was a perfect race for me, not only because I reached the record, also because it was my best personal record. I’m very happy for my performance today in Barcelona”, said Bekele to the media. 

In absolute category,KipkemoiChesum has surprise everybody. The Kenyan started the race as a pace maker, but during the pass of the kilometers he saw the opportunity of his life. With a disability in his right hand, (he went to London Olympic Games in 2012), he changed his strategy during kilometer 35 and has been the strongest and fastest of all the runners, getting the sixth best record in the history of the test.

“I’m very happy for my triumph here in Barcelona, the first marathon of my life. I did not expect it at all, I came as a pace maker and my plan wasn’t to finish it, but in kilometer 35 I have seen that I was unrivaled and I have seen myself with strength” said the unexpected winner of the day, who debuted in this distance.

The participants have been able to enjoy one more year of a circuit that highlights for its speed and for showing the monuments of Barcelona. The Camp Nou, the Pedrera, Sagrada Familia, the Forum, the Arc of Triumph or the Columbus Monumenthave been some of the stages where the runners have passed, with a great presence of public at all times.

The organization had hopes in elite athletes to make a magnificent record - the record is resisting since 2010 by Jackson Kotut (2:07:30), the great favorite was the Ethiopian SisayJisaMekonnen, but it was finally the Kenyans which have topped the top seven positions.

The half-marathon has been very fast, below the record of the test with a time of 1:02:48, leaded by Mekonnen.However, from kilometer 30he has failed the forces. Finally the Kenyans Jonah KipkemoiChesum, JacubCheshariKirui and Justus Kiprotich have been the first three classified.

In females, the times were also very fast at half marathon. Good climatology has been ideal for flying on the Barcelona circuit and the Ethiopians MeleschTsegaye (2:26:44) and RobiAbearashFayesa (2:27:04) have accompanied Helen Bekele on the podium.

It has been an unforgettable Zurich Marathon of Barcelona and special because of Olympic memory 25 years after the Barcelona '92 Games. The organization invited the six Olympic medalists to live a very emotional weekend and to remember their achievements. Yesterday, they participated in the Breakfast Run, which recalls the last 4 kilometers of the Olympic marathon.

The Korean Young Cho Hwang (Olympic gold), Japanese Koichi Morishita (silver) and German Stephen Freigang (bronze), as well as ValentinaYegorova, Japanese Yuko Arimori and New Zealand Lorraineine Moller have received tributes throughout the weekend and have starred in the photo of today's departure. Even the German Freigang has returned to run the entire marathon 25 years later.

The Expo Sports with 62,000 visitors, has been the neuralgic center of running these last two days. A weekend full of sport and athletics, with the Zurich Marathon of Barcelona as a protagonist. With more than 20,000 participants who have been able to fulfill their dream of runningin Barcelona.

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