Eight women are competing in Rio thanks to the time they achieved in the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon
The Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon, organized by SD Correcaminos and the Valencia City Government, with the special support of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation, has led eight athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games thanks to the program Valencia to Rio of the 2015 Valencia Marathon. These runners, who come from different countries, will be awarded €5,000 for achieving the time required to qualify for the Marathon competition of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Valencia, the City of Running.
The program Valencia to Rio aims at engaging elite international athletes and spread the name of the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon to new countries thanks to these international athletes. Valencia, together with Berlin, Rotterdam and London, is now a gate for athletes to compete in Rio Marathon. This is the list of runners who are now Olympic athletes thanks to the time they achieved in Valencia:
|Beata Naigambo||Namibia||2h26:58 (PB)|
|Christine Kalmer||South Africa||2h33:43 (PB)|
|Daneja Grandovec||Slovenia||2h40:23 (PB)|
|Lily Luik||Estonia||2h40:30 (PB)|
|Lucía Kimani||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2h40:36|
|Marilyn Dos Santos||Brazil||2h40:40|
|Ly Nary||Cambodia||2h59:42 (NR)|
In addition, Gustavo Nieves, who also achieved his best time of the season in Valencia on the 15th of November, will compete in the Paralympic Games, which will take place in September.
There are also four additional athletes who are competing in the 2016 Olympic Games after running in Valencia in 2015 and improving their times in other races. These athletes are listed below (the times they achieved and the city where they improved them are in brackets):
|Mariano Mastromarino||Argentina||2h15:39 (2h15:27 PB in Rotterdam 2016)|
|Derlys Ramón Ayala||Paraguay||2h19:43 NR (2h17:32 NR in Rotterdam 2016)|
|Luis Orta||Venezuela||2h24:10 (2h18:53 in Rotterdam 2016)|
|Rosa Godoy||Argentina||2h39:28 (2h38:36 in Rotterdam 2016)|
AND THERE ARE MORE ATHLETES STRIVING FOR SUCCESS
John Nzau Mwangangi, who finished in 02:06:13, which was the best time in 42,195 metres in Spain in 2015, proves that Valencia is an ideal city to run due to its altimetry and weather conditions. Thanks to the program Personal Best, which has been launched in 2016, athletes who achieve their best time this year in the Trinidad Alfonso EDP Valencia Marathon will be awarded from €2,000 to €4,000 depending on their time.
PB: Personal Best (athletes who, besides qualifying for the Olympics, achieved their personal best)
NR: National Record
AR: Area Record (in their continent)