Check the classifications of the Mitja Marató de Barcelona 2023
On a Sunday of radiant sun and semi-spring temperatures, close to 18,000 of the more than 21,000 registered runners -the second best figure ever; It should be noted that more than a third were women – have completed the 21,097 km long circuit that makes up the Edreams Mitja Marathon of Barcelona.
A athletic party to which hundreds of Barcelonans have joined through the streets where the test takes place to encourage the participants and which has ended with two circuit records.
high athletic level
In this 2023 edition, the objective at the elite level was one of the demanding ones: to beat the marks achieved in a very fast circuit where the hour has been dropped several times in the men’s category and the world record in the women’s category has been achieved twice – the magical 1 hour 5 minutes and 9 seconds of Florence Kiplagat from 2015-.
For this purpose, no expense has been spared this time when pulling the checkbook -first year that the Barcelona Half Marathon was disputed with the prestigious label Gold Label which requires, among other things, a greater expense in hiring top-level athletes – to present a luxury poster at the starting line located on Paseo de Pujades already touching Arc de Triomf.
On the one hand, the duo made up of the Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei – winner of the 2021 London Marathon and 2019 New York Marathon, with a best time of 1 hour 4 minutes and 51 seconds – and the two-time 1,500-meter world champion, the Ethiopian Genzeze Dibaba -which was presented with a mark of 1 hour 5 minutes and 18 seconds- in terms of the female category
On the other, the two-time champion and ‘recordman’ of this same test, the Ethiopian Haftu Tekluwho last year had left the clock in a stratospheric 59 minutes and 6 seconds and who came this 2023 with the desire to add a new victory and further lower his clock as he detailed in the press conference last Friday -“I am a much more experienced runner and I already know the circuit”, who had to face some rivals from the entity like his compatriot Birhanu Legese -winner of the Tokyo Marathon 2019 and 2020, with a best mark of 59 minutes and 20 seconds half marathon- and the Dutchman of Somali origin Abdi Nageeye -silver in marathon of the Olympic Games. of Tokyo 2020 and with a best mark of 59 minutes and 55 seconds-.
The surprise jumps in men…
But in a test of this level and taking into account the enormous ease with which new names emerge on the African athletic scene to challenge the already established, it is not surprising that the news has been that none of the clear favorites has been made. with victory.
In the men’s category, victory has finally gone to the Kenyan Charles Kipkkuriu Lagat lowering the circuit record to a stratospheric 58 minutes and 53 seconds. A few seconds later, and also coming down from 59 minutes, the Ethiopian came in second position Birhannu Legese -58 minutes and 59 seconds. The podium has been closed by another Kenyan, Solomon Kirwawith a time of 59 minutes and 29 seconds.
…and also in women
Although a duel between Jepkosgei and Dibaba was expected, only the former has put up a battle until the finish line with another contender who was in the pools, but who was not the top favourite: her compatriot Irene Jechumba.
Jepchumba has been crowned the winner of the 2023 edition of the Mitja Marató de Barcelona, beating the legendary Kiplagat time to leave it in 1 hour 4 minutes and 37 seconds, after a final third of the race where she has accelerated the pace. Jekopsgei he was close to catching it, but in the end he ran out of distance and came in second position with 1 hour 4 minutes and 46 seconds. The third position, more than a minute behind the winner, has been for Catherine Reline -1 hour 5 minutes and 39 seconds-, completing a purely Kenyan podium.
For its part, the Catalan Mireia Guarner has achieved a very creditable twelfth position.
Photos and classifications in El Periódico
At El Periódico we will offer you an extensive photo gallery that collects the best moments of the sports competition and, also, of all the popular runners who have placed their numbers on their chests to enjoy the festive and healthy atmosphere of one of the most massive events in the city.
You can also check here the rankings of each of the runners who have participated in the half marathon.
Source of data and images: elperiodico
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