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The Ethiopian corridor Haftu teklu, with a record of 59:39, a new record for the event, and the Kenyan Sandrafelis Tuei, with 1h.07: 07, they prevailed today in the 31st eDreams Half Marathon of Barcelona, which has had 9,000 runners (about 2,000 women) at the starting line.
The start was promptly at 8:30 am with a temperature of 18ºC, a partially sunny day, humidity of 74% and negligible wind that, initially, was not going to affect the runners.
A group of seven athletes, where the two Ugandan hares were Abel sikowo and Mathew Chekwurui, set an intense pace that led them to go through kilometer 5 at a record pace with the Ugandans Stepthen kissa and Abel sikowo, the Eritrean Aron kifle and the Ethiopian Haftu teklu passing with a time of 14:05 (18 seconds below the record).
At kilometer 10, this group passed with 28:08 (28 seconds ahead) and the first hare, Chekwurui, gave the baton to Sikowo so that he would shoot up to kilometer 15. As he passed through that point, Kissa and the debutante Haftu teklu they passed with 42:19, maintaining the record pace.
Sikowo was going to continue to the finish line, but at a slower pace, and they were Kissa and Teklu who carried the weight in the final stretch. The latter, in addition, gave a strong pull in the last kilometer to win with 59:39, five seconds below the record achieved by the Ethiopian Mule Washiun in 2018, with 59:44, and which was the tenth best world record of the year.
Haftu tekluA debutant in the half marathon, he has a best time of 27:43 in the 10 km, and at 26 years old he has become the third runner to get off the hour in the Catalan capital.
Stephen Kissa, second in 2020, has repeated position with a time of 1h.00: 14. The third drawer of the podium has been for the Ethiopian Chala Regasa, with 1h.00: 33.
In the female category, a group of four African runners, the Kenyan Brillian Kipkoech and Sandrafelis Tuei and the Ethiopians Asnakech Akowe and Alemaz Samuel they have set the pace of the test. All four have performed perfect relays and, with 2 kilometers to go, You has given the final blow to go solo in the lead and prevail with a time of 1h. 07:17, far from the record of the event (1h.05: 09 in 2015) but pulverizing in almost a minute his personal best of 1h .08: 14 (Lisbon 2019) .Second has been Kipkoech, with a mark of 1h.07: 31 and third place for Awoke with 1h.07: 47.
.1. Haftu Teklu (ETH) 59:34
.2. Stephen Kissa (UGA) 1h.00: 14
.3. Chala Regasa (ETH) 1h.00: 33
.4. Aron Kifle (ERI) 1h.00: 48
.5. Abel Sikowo (UGA) 1h.01: 39
18. Rúben Palomeque (ESP) 1h.07: 09
.1. Sandrafelis Tuei (KEN) 1h. 07:07
.2. Brillian Kipkoech (KEN) 1h.07: 26
.3. Asnakech Awoke (ETH) 1h.07: 42
.4. Mercyline Chelangat (UGA) 1h. 08:02
.5. Alemaz Samuel (ETH) 1h. 08:48
10. Cristina Sivia Feliu (ESP) 1h.16: 23