Kenyans Kipkoech and Chebet, winners in the rain

The Kenyans Barnaba Kipkoech, with a time in the men’s race of 2.08.19, and Risper Chebet, who in the women’s race made a mark of 2.26.11, were proclaimed winners this Sunday of the twelfth edition of the Generali Marathon from Malagawhich was held under heavy rain and in which some eight thousand athletes participated.

Kipkoech was left 40 seconds behind the record of the Malaga testwhich has been held by his compatriot Mark Korir since last year’s edition, when he made a record of two hours, seven minutes and 39 seconds.

After the Kenyan, the Ethiopian Abdi Asefa entered second position, with a time of 2.08.51, while the third place on the podium was for the also Kenyan Mathew Kibiwott, with 2.09.19.

In the female category, Chebet missed the record for the Malaga Marathon in the last momentssince it was close to the mark that the Ethiopian Mekonnin Legesse has, of two hours, twenty-four minutes and fifty seconds, which is the best so far in this test.

The second position in this edition went to the Ethiopian Birke Debele, with 2.28.12, and third went to the Finnish Alisa Vainio, who climbed to the podium with a time of 2.28.40 after a spectacular comeback.

This year the Half Marathon was also held in parallel, in which the French brand stood out of Eritrean origin Woldu Mekdes, who did a time of 1.08.25, a record that is a new record in this specialty in the French country and that lowers it by nine seconds.

Mekdes was five seconds faster than Cristóbal Valenzuela from Malaga, who took second position in the general classification and the first among men with a mark of 1.08.30.

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