Barcelona hosts a record-breaking Half Marathon

The run took place this Sunday, 17 October.

On 17 October, Barcelona held the 31st edition of the EDreams Mitja Marató in Barcelona. The race, which came back after one and a half years of the city’s success, has added a total of 10,000 runners and runners of different nationalities, who have been able to enjoy the city’s most emblematic corners of sport.

Haftu Teklu wins with inline test record

This 31st edition of the race has reassembled the best athletes of the time in search of their best records in a flat circuit that is already among the fastest in the world. In male category, the Ethiopian Haftu Teklu has surprised the favorites to win and imposed a spectacular record of 59:39. Teklu has lowered in 5 seconds the previous record of the event, including the Ethiopian Mule Wasihun with 59.44, 2018.

The second-place finisher was the record-breaker Stephen Kissa, with a record of 1h00:19. Kissa was second in 2018 in the Half Marathon in Barcelona.  Finally, the third place has been for another Ethiopian runner Chala Regasa, with a time of 1h00:38.

In female category, the triumph has been for the Kenyan Sandrafelis Tuei, who has crossed the finish line with a time of 1h07:12. Tuei has far exceeded his previous best record in a half marathon, which was 1h08:14. Lprishan accompanied fellow countryman Brillian Kipkoech in the podium squares, with a time of 1h07:12, and L’Stetheíop Asnakech Awoke, with a record of 1h07:47.

This year, the eDreams MItja Marathon in Barcelona has had 20% of female representation and more than 80 countries represented, again highlighting the scale of the test. The event was held in accordance with all health restrictions and has re-located the city of Barcelona as the world epicentre of road-pathetism.