Five men sub 2:10 and seven women sub 2:30, the stars

He won the Milan Marathon in 2019, has a time of 2:07:13 in 42,195 m and has run the average in just one hour. With those credentials the Kenyan will be presented Edwin Kipngetich Koech on the Paseo de la Castellana this Sunday. He is the strongest candidate for victory in the EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Madrid marathon and, why not, the record of the event, held by his compatriot Reuben Kerio since 2019, the last disputed edition: 2:08:18. A pass if we take into account the demanding orography and the altitude of the city.

It will not be a simple company. On the Madrid asphalt he will meet the opposition of four other long distance runners who also know what it is to break the mythical border of two hours and ten minutes. Solvent, professional legs. Two Ethiopians and two Kenyans. Let’s start with the first ones. Adela Godana is, chrono in hand, the most outstanding of all (2:08:06). In 2019 he was second in the Oita and third in Marrakech. The youngest is Dirhanu Teshome Demise (25 years old), credited at 2:08:20; in 2020 it was third in Mumbai and in 2019 it entered the top 10 in Lisbon and Dubai.

The strongest of the Kenyans, Ezequiel Kemboi Omullo. A veteran (34 years) who holds 2:08:41 and relevant positions in Warsaw (2nd) and Ljubljana (5th), both in 2019. The other, Wycliffe Kipkorir Biwott won Zagreb in 2017 and Marrakech the following year. It has a record of 2:09:55. Behind them, with 2:10:00, we find the man who was eighth in Prague two seasons ago, Nicodemus Kipkurui Kimutai, and 10 more athletes with records lower than 2:15:00.

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The Ethiopia-Kenya duel will be repeated in the women’s category. The top favorites are Ethiopian Webalem Basaznew Ayele and Kenyan Gladys Chepchirchir Kipsoi, 2:27:09 and 2:27:32 respectively. Ayele won last year in Castellón and Kipsoi did it, 2015 and 2019, in Krakow and Taipei. The second line of candidates to raise their arms before the rest is made up of Chaltu Negesse Chawo (Eti) and Loice Jebet Kiptoo (Ken). Chawo is accredited in 2:28:23 and won in San Sebastián in 2018. Kiptoo won in Daegu that same year and has a personal best from 2:28:39. The sub 2:30:00 roster is completed by Kenyan Hellen Jepkurgat (2:29:10), compatriot Jackline Chelal (2:29:47) and Ethiopian Tigist Teshome (2:29:07). An old rocker like Tamara Sanfabio will also line up on the starting lineSpain’s distance champion for more than a decade. The race record is held by Ethiopian Shaso Insermu with 2:26:24.

From 8:45

All the men and women mentioned will leave at 8:45 a.m., accompanied by 8,000 popular runners who, added to the 15,000 from the half marathon (which will depart later) and the 7000 of the 10K (which will have done it before), make EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series Madrid the popular sporting event with the highest participation since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

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