Abel Antón participated in the 10K on the 30th anniversary of Barcelona ’92
MADRID, 8 (EUROPE PRESS)
The Ethiopian athletes Yihuniligne Adane and Meseret Gebre Dekebo have won this Sunday in the 43rd edition of the Zurich Marató Barcelona 2022, where for the third consecutive year they have broken records in both the men’s and women’s categories.
In men, Adane with a time of 2:05:53, claimed victory ahead of his compatriot Gebru Redahgne (2:05:58), who has also lowered the 2021 mark achieved by Samuel Kosgei (2:06: 03). For his part, the Ethiopian Kebede Wami was third with the same time that Kosgei achieved last year (2:06:03).
At kilometer 32, Kenyan Mike Boit dropped solo until kilometer 40, when Adane, Redahgne and Wami caught up with him to take the lead of the race. “I trusted myself, I was convinced that I could win here. This morning I was very focused and in good shape. Yesterday we had been reviewing the record and I was convinced that I could achieve it. I am very happy and I think it is an ideal circuit to make a mark here in Barcelona,” said Yihuniligne Adane.
In the women’s category, Ethiopian Meseret Gebre Dekebo (2:23:11) won by beating Tadu Teshome’s 2021 record (2:23:52) in 41 seconds. Her compatriots Ayantu Kumela (2:25:00) and Zenebu Fikadu (2:25:11) completed the podium.
“I am very happy. I have trained a lot since I won last year in San Sebastián. I have done my personal best time and I feel very happy. Thanks to the good weather conditions in Barcelona, I have been able to achieve my goal. I have fallen in love with the circuit and I thank my coordinator for the trust placed in me,” said Dekebo.
As for the 10K BCN-La Marató in 10K, the victories went to Adrián Guirado, in the men’s category (31:08), and Txell Jarque, in the women’s category (36:05). In addition, the former Olympic athlete and world marathon champion Abel Antón participated in this reduced format of the Marató. In this distance there have been a total of 1,812 ‘finishers’ and a total of 4,941 euros have been raised to help refugees from the conflict in Ukraine.
“It is very special for me to return to Barcelona on the 30th birthday of Barcelona ’92, where I was eighth. I have come as a runner from Zurich because it is the main and traditional sponsor and because it is necessary to carry out these initiatives to collaborate with the situation in Ukraine, because what they are experiencing cannot be normalized,” Antón declared.
In total, 6,000 ‘finishers’ have run the 42 kilometers of the marathon, with a strong female participation of 25% and 27% of foreigners, while in the 10 kilometers in solidarity with the refugees from Ukraine there has been 45% of women.
The moments before the start were enlivened with the melody of the Catalan musicians Liberto Fortuny and Mireia Farrés, who performed ‘Barcelona’ by Montserrat Caballé and Freddie Mercury, the emblematic song of the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games.