Teklu wins in Barcelona with test record: 59:39

The Ethiopian corridor Haftu Teklu, with a time of 59:39, the new record for the event, and the Kenyan Sandrafelis Tuei, with a time of 1h.07: 07, won today the 31st eDreams Half Marathon in Barcelona which has had 9,000 runners (about 2,000 women) and at the starting line.

The departure was promptly at 8:30 am with a temperature of 18ºC, a partially sunny day, humidity of 74% and negligible wind. that, initially, it was not going to have an impact on the runners. A group of seven athletes, including the two Ugandan hares Abel Sikowo and Mathew Chekwurui, set an intense pace that took them 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 relief to Sikowo to shoot up to kilometer 15. As they passed through that point, Kissa and newcomer 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 it was Kissa and Teklu who carried the weight down the stretch. The latter, in addition, gave a strong pull in the last kilometer to win with 59:39, five seconds below the record set by the Ethiopian Mule Washiun in 2018, with 59:44, and which has been the tenth best world mark of the year.

Haftu Teklu, debutant in the half marathon, 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 box of the podium has been for the Ethiopian Chala Regasa, with 1h.00: 33.

In the women’s category, a group of four African runners, the Kenyan Brillian Kipkoech and Sandrafelis Tuei and the Ethiopians Asnakech Akowe and Alemaz Samuel have set the pace of the event. The four have carried out perfect relays and, with 2 kilometers to go, Tuei 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 test (1h.05: 09 in 2015) but pulverizing in almost a minute his personal best of 1h. 08:14 (Lisbon 2019). Second was Kipkoech, with a time of 1h.07: 31 and third place for Awoke with 1h.07: 47.

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“Breaking the record on my debut is incredible”

Teklu acknowledged that “it has been incredible to have won a prestigious test in this city and with the record” on the day of his debut in the distance. “At kilometer 15, the hares left us and I had to continue with the only support of Stephen Kissa. I was finally able to escape and take the victory. The test circuit is very fast and the weather has favored us. It has been The first time I have raced in Barcelona and I liked the city a lot, “he said after crossing the finish line.

The young Kenyan Sandrafelis Tuei has won in the women’s category with a time of 1h.07: 07 and has been surprised “by the welcome” that the race through the streets of the city has had. “It was my first race in Barcelona and I couldn’t be happier. The circuit is fantastic, fast and I really enjoyed it. I felt good and at kilometer 19 I looked strong and I continued alone to the finish line”, summarized.

Results and rankings

Male category:

.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

Female category:

.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

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