Object fulfilled. The organization of Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon The aim was to celebrate at the stroke of a record the ten years of life of the most participatory athletic event of the Archipelago, which with the passage of the editions has been established among the seven best marathons of the Spanish panorama. So it was. In 2019 five of the six historical records of the event fell.
Doublets in the test of 42 kilometers and in the 21, as in the male section of the most popular race, the 10,000 meters. The absence of a new record in the 10 kilometers of women prevented the full.
In the long distance, domain of the Kenyans. Juluis Kiprono, runner-up in the 2017 edition, he took fulfilled rematch. He crowned his brilliant performance by entering solo at the finish line and stopping the clock in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 3 seconds. A record that remains as a mark to beat the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon. He did not want to be less his compatriot Shelmith Nyawira Muriuk in females. Rubricó his domain also establishing the coveted record: 2 hours, 32 minutes and 55 seconds.
A good news that had as an appetizer the results of the half marathon, where the winners staged the first joy of the Sunday. The Ugandan athlete Michael Kapchebusha He won the test and also did it by spraying the current record. Thanks his time of 1.02: 24 he improved in 50 seconds the time of Pablo Villalobos, until now recordman of the distance in the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon.
The champion of the women's category was not far behind in these 21 kilometers. The Ethiopian runner Amare Meskerem He stopped the clock at 1.11: 53. Thus it lowered the record that in 2018 established the runner lanzaroteña Aroa Merino (1.15: 10).
The arrival in the goal of the participants in the 10 kilometers was expected to see if the streak continued. With the arrival of the local athlete Francisco Cabrera, there was continuity to the avalanche of records in the Gran Canaria test. It used a time of 30.56, one second less than the record that it maintained since 2012 Rubén Palomeque.
The full of new historical brands in the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon caressed, but could not be. The predictions were fulfilled with the victory in women's Aroa Merino, although her mark of 36.10 was insufficient to become the best time in the history of the Gran Canaria event.
As for the queen appointment of 42 kilometers, this since its inception was marked by the dominance of Africans. Abel Kaboci, Felix Keny Kipkemboi, Evans Kigen, Alemayehu Meekonnen, Daniel Yator Kipkosgei and Julius Ndiritu They ran in a compact group until the sculpture of El Tritón.
It was at that point of the journey when Julius Kiprono, the final winner, was left alone at the head of the race. His rivals could not keep up with the pace he imposed. Little by little he increased his advantage. When he was rolling down the Calle Mayor de Triana, the hare that marked the road at that point said goodbye to him with a military salute and from there he went alone to the Auditorium.
His effort was rewarding, because he beat the record with a good time of 2.12: 03. Abel Kaboci Waruinge (2.15: 08) and Felix Keny Kipkemboy (2.16: 10), second and third respectively, completed the male podium of the marathon.
Miguel Ángel Vaqueror, tenth, finished as the best national athlete (2.34: 43), ahead of Víctor Manuel Seija, which ended in the fifteenth position.
In females, the 42-kilometer test also had its own name, that of Shelmith Nyawira Muriuki, who dominated the race from the initial compasses of the same. Undeniable his victory, which crowned establishing a new female record of the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon (2.32.55). Fantu Zewude Jifar (2.45: 13), silver, and Belaynnesh Shifera (2.45: 51), bronze, they followed him in the goal.
Double also in the 21
In the men's half marathon event, the Africans also fulfilled their objectives. The final was close, with the winner Michael Kapchebusha Y Yohanis Negasa Bishoma playing the victory in a heads up from the entrance to the Paseo de Las Canteras. In the final section, the Ugandan brought out his greatest strength, and broke the distance record with 1.02: 24, saving a small overshoot at the height of Bosmediano.
Merashaw Eshete Kassa finished third. Fourth had finished Javier Guerra, main bulwark of the current Spanish fund, who could not resist the rhythm imposed by the first ones, whom he accompanied only at the beginning of the race.
In women, Amare Meskerem dominated from the start and took a triumphal walk to beat the record. Adissalem Belay Tegegn Y Matea Parlov they completed the drawer. Yurena Castillo was the first Canarian to finish the 21 kilometers, eighth (1.29: 43).
The test of the 10 kilometers had Canarian flavor, with the victories harvested by the Gran Canaria Fran Cabrera and the Lanzarote Aroa Merino, two classics of the most important international athletic event of his land. The first had to make a major effort to overcome the brand that Rubén Palomeque had. Alejandro Santana González was in the second position and the international Chema Martínez, third with 31.40.
Regarding the feminine section, Aroa Merino, that in these ten years of the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon has won in the three distances, had as partners in the podium the Norwegian Ine Bakken and the Canarian Iballa Lobo, third.
With the celebration of the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria became colorful with a rosary of runners crossing the asphalt through the most emblematic places of the capital, having as epicenter the area of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, which since Friday hosted this great sports party that collected many activities in its program.
One more year, critical voices emerge before the mobility problems that originate an event of such magnitude, hindering and preventing the displacement of citizens with normality in the lower area of the city, with a large number of closed accesses for many hours. These complaints have been occurring since the event started, although a solution to this conflict of coexistence has not been achieved.