The fifth record of the day was achieved by Shelmith Nyawira Muriuki in the 42 km race. "I'm very happy to get such a good time," the Kenyan revealed shortly after crossing the finish line. Shelmith stopped the clock in 2.32: 55, bringing the best record in just over two minutes, which Ethiopian Sasho Insermu had achieved in the 2015 edition with 2.34: 56.
The Kenyan athlete, also winner of the last edition of the Athens marathon, explained that the climatic conditions helped to lower the records. "The good weather has helped make such a good race," he explained. The heat did not make a dent in a runner who is used to training in hotter conditions. "The weather has been great, starting as soon as it helps the body get warm and what I have suffered a bit has been with moisture," he said.
Shelmith took her chasers almost 12 minutes ahead. In second place was the Ethiopian Fantu Zewude (2.45: 13), while third was his compatriot Belaynesh Shifera (2.45: 51). "They are very tough rivals, but I could hold the pace of the hare and get the record," said the Kenyan, who appreciated the work of his hare to be able to harvest the record.
The runner will now take a month off before preparing her next test, and revealed that she still does not know if she will be able to return to the island for next year's edition. "I do not know what the next race will do, but I am very satisfied with this, the public has been encouraging all the way, now it's time to rest and think about what the next challenge will be," said Shelmith while still recovering from the 42 kilometers