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Barcelona Half Marathon

Sunday February 16th, 2020
Barcelona, Spain
Distance: Half Marathon

The half-marathon in Barcelona, also known as the Mitja Marató de Barcelona. It’s the second largest running event in Barcelona next to the Marathon.

The route takes the runners from the Arc de Triomf, by the old town to the Plaça Catalunya. From there it goes down the famous Ramblas and along Avenida del Paral·lel. Then it goes through the modernist Eixample district back to the Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella further along the eastern part of Eixample to the Torre Agbar, one of the most striking buildings in Barcelona. The route takes the runners along the Diagonal then goes to the Fòrum and along the beach again at the Parc de la Ciutadella to Arc de Triomf, which is the finishing line. With this route, a very interesting and varied street circuit is marked out.

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Race Date: 02/16/2020 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 59:58 Victor Chumo 32 KEN
2nd Male 1:00:00 Stephen Kissa 24 UGA
3rd Male 1:00:00 Moses Koech 22 KEN
4th Male 1:00:06 Abrar Osman 25 ERI
Female 1:06:36 Ashete Bekere 31 ETH
2nd Female 1:07:03 Asnakech Awoke 23 ETH
3rd Female 1:07:09 Dorcas Kimeli 24 KEN
4th Female 1:08:37 Roza Dereje 22 ETH
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:03:27 Konstantin Wedel 41 GER
M 50-59 1:09:33 Gustavo Nieves 53 ESP
M 60-69 1:19:55 José Manuel Fernández Guirado 60 ESP
F 40-49 1:13:48 Gallego Arredondo 43 ESP
F 50-59 1:27:07 Laila Falck 54 NOR
F 60-69 1:27:34 Yvonne Nicholls 63 UNK
Barcelona Half Marathon
(2019) Eric Kiptanui of Kenya and Ethiopian Roza Dereje take the crown in Barcelona Half Marathon

Eric Kiptanui and Roza Dereje raced to victories at the Dreams Mitja Marato Barcelona, road race, on Sunday.

While the 21-year-old Dereje was an overwhelming winner ahead of her fellow Ethiopian Dibabe Kuma in the women’s race, Kiptanui took the top spot over Ethiopia’s Abebe Degefa after a thrilling sprint in the men’s.

The women’s race had been billed as a serious attack on the world record by the rising star Dereje. She came up short, but still clocked 1:06:01 to clip a full minute from her previous lifetime best. The Ethiopian came within 16 seconds off the national record set by Senbere Teferi in Ras Al Khaimah.

Paced throughout by her fellow Ethiopian Fekele Darsema, Dereje’s early rhythm proved too slow for the record assault, with the opening five kilometers covered in 15:37, some 15 seconds behind world record pace. By then only Kuma and Kenyan Lucy Cheruiyot remained with Dereje, with Kenya’s Sally Chepyego another 12 seconds back and her compatriot Celestine Chepchirchir a distant fifth, 48 seconds behind the leaders.

The following five kilometers section was covered slightly faster, with the leaders reaching the 10-kilometre point in 31:10 with Dereje at the front and Kuma, last year’s runner-up, tucked in behind. Chepyego travelled 24 seconds adrift.

Dereje found the required world-record pace (3:04/3:05/km) over the following kilometers to pass 15 kilometers in 46:51. Kuma couldn’t respond to that turn of speed, dropping some 30 meters behind with Chepyego now 1:16 behind Dereje.

Another 15:52 five kilometers split led the leader through 20 kilometers in 1:02:43, keeping prospects alive for a sub-1:06 performance. Dereje stepped up the pace in the waning stages but nonetheless just missed the barrier, clocking 1:06:01.

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