ELITE ATHLETES AIM TO BREAK THE CAJASIETE GRAN CANARIA MARATHON RECORD

Of the elite group of runners, three have a personal bests below the current  Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon record

 

The Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon has closed the list of elite runners who will compete in the Marathon. In this ninth edition of the 42K, the leading athletes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco or Thailand will be in the first starting box. All of them will try to beat the race´s record, both in men´s and women´s categories.

In the men’s category, two favorites stand out, Julius Kiplagat Korir, who is running the Gran Canaria Marathon for the second time, and Moses Mbugua Gaikarira. Both, along with also Kenyan Edwin Kiprop Korir, have personal bests below the Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon record, which was set last year by the Kenyan Mathew Kipsaat with a time of 2.13.19, breaking the race´s the previous record..

 In the women´s category, the Ethiopian Tejinesh Gebisa Tulu is one of the favorites, who will try to beat the record that has remained unbroken since the 2015 edition and which was set by her compatriot Sasho Insermu with a time of 2.34.56.

 

ELITE MEN´S MARATHON

 -Julius Kiplagat Korir, Kenya 1982. His best time is 2.09.13, which he achieved in the Dutch city of Enschede. It is not the first time he runs on the island, he has already run the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Gran Canaria Marathon.

-Edwin Kiprop Korir, Kenya 1996. He has a personal best of 2.10.26 which he got in Zurich, he has also finished the Hamburg or Cologne marathons, among other leading Marathons.

Moses Mbugua Gaikarira, Kenya 1986. His best time was set in 2016 in China, with a time of 2.11.40.

 -Tilahun Nigusie, Ethiopia 1996. His best personal record is 2.14.35.

-Julius Kiprono Tarus, Kenya 1991. His best time is 2.17.04, set last year in Brussels.

 -Evans Kiprotich Koskei, Kenya 1989. His best record was set in a Half Marathon with 1.02.57, but in Gran Canaria he will face the 42K race.

 

ELITE WOMEN´S MARATHON

 -Tejinesh Gebisa Tulu, Ethiopia 1995. Heads to Gran Canaria as one of the favorites with a personal best of 2.40.08.

 -Jane Vong, Thailand 1984. She has a personal best of 2.40.40 and is looking to reduce it. She has run in the Houston, Chicago and New York Marathon´s, and was also at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

-Betty Chepleting, Kenya 1988. Last December she finished in 2.47.24 in Singapore

Hayat Behenia, Morrocco 1992. Her best record was in a Half Marathon with 1.17.18. This time, however, she will be running the 42K race.