Sisay Lemma breaks the record of the Valencia Marathon 2:01:48

3 December, 2023

The Ethiopian Sisay Lemma has set a new Valencia Marathon Trinidad Alfonso record today with a spectacular time of 2:01:48, making him the fourth fastest man in history. In the women’s category, Worknesh Degefa was the winner of the race after crossing the finish line in 2:15:51.

The best time of the Valencia Marathon until now was achieved in the 2022 edition by the world record holder Kelvin Kiptum with 2:01:53 and it seemed unrbreakable until today, when with a perfect weather to run Lemma has lowered it by two seconds, achieving the second best time of 2023.

After him, Alexander Mutiso finished second with a time of 2:03:11, and Dawit Wolde finished third with a time of 2:03:48. Kenenisa Bekele came in fourth on the blue runway with a time of 2:04:19.

In the women’s category, after Degefa, the second place on the podium was taken by Almaz Ayana who crossed the finish line in 2:16:22, and the third place was for Hiwot Gebrekidan with a time of 2:17:59.

Spain records

The Valencia Marathon once again saw Spanish records broken on its blue runway thanks to the spectacular races of Tariku Novales and Majida Maayouf, who crossed the finish line in 2:05:48 and 2:21:27, respectively. 

The day was historic, especially in the case of the women, as the first three runners finished below the Spanish record set by Marta Galimany at the Valencia Marathon in 2022 (2:26:14). Maayouf, with her 2:21:27, has lowered the national record by almost five minutes, while the second classified, Fatima Azaharaa Ouhaddou has entered with an also spectacular time of 2:25:30 and the third one, the debutant Laura Luengo, with 2:25:35.

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