Bekele and Cheptegei, raising their swords before the Valencia Marathon


The three-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion, the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, He said he felt good running the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Marathon this Sunday while Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has announced that he wants to make his away debut in the capital of Valencia.

The press conferences before the test took place this Friday at La Placeta, the new space enabled by the organization as the Runner’s Fair at the Feria Valencia, where Marc Roig, elite selector of the test, announced that the passing times “still under discussion.” “.

“It’s gone fast, but we’re talking about how much,” he slipped.Valencia grew up a lot, we always chose two female and male protagonists, but because of the high level we have four. You just have to see the great expectation we have, with so many people paying attention, I am impressed,” said Roig from a stage surrounded by a large audience that made Bekele happy.

The historic 41-year-old athlete explained that he chose Valencia because it was a very fast race and had a favorable circuit that would help in finding a possible qualification for the Olympic Games, although he did not want to delve too deeply. on this issue.

On the other hand, Cheptegei says “the best place to do something new is Valencia” and recalled the successes he had already achieved in the city. “That’s why I want to debut here. My relationship with the city is fruitful, I know that if I want to debut far away, it’s here. Nothing is impossible, we’re here to achieve everything we can,” he said .

Cheptegei said that in the 2024 Paris Olympics he will run in the 10,000 meters. “Then we’ll see,” he said.

The athlete Gabriel Geaywho finished second in last year’s Valencia Marathon and set a Tanzanian national record (2:03:00), He assured that he loves València and said he hopes to “run well.” Geay has run the city’s Half Marathon twice and this year he finished second in the Boston Marathon and retired from the tough Sydney circuit.

Kenyan Alexander Mutiso, who debuted in Valencia in 2022 with a third position (2:03:29) and this year won the Prague marathon (2:05:09), stated that he has very good memories of city ​​and said which was the best place he ran both the half marathon and the marathon.

The athletes who attended this Friday were Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, winner of the 2022 Amsterdam Marathon (2:17:20), Joan Melly, Kenyan by birth, but representing Romania, with fifth place in London (2:19:27 ). ) and victory in the Seoul Marathon (2:18:04) 2022; Worknesh Degefa, in 2019 won the Boston Marathon (2:23:31), and Melah Kejeta, who has the German marathon record in his sights.

“I gave my best version here, the best memory is the finish line because it was so beautiful,” said Melli, who excelled in the 2020 test.

Source: La Verdad


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