- One in three finishers travelled from outside Valencia to take part in the world's fastest 10K.
- The 14th edition of the race left, of the 7,060 runners who crossed the finish line, 85 athletes under 30 and 1,218 under 40.
Valencia, 10-01-2021.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja, which celebrated its 14th edition this Sunday, January 9th, has become one of the favourite races for runners to beat their personal bests over the distance.
One out of every three finishers (out of a total of 7,060) travelled to Valencia in 2022 to take part in the world's fastest 10K and try to beat its record. All Spanish provinces and up to 58 different nationalities were represented this Sunday at the finish line of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja.
The Organisation has received numerous communications from runners who have made public that they achieved their personal best in this 10K. In fact, the final classification leaves 1,218 athletes under 40 minutes (17% of the total number of finishers) and 85 runners under 30 minutes, figures that confirm the speed of the course, which is currently a World Record for the distance.
Likewise, the winner of this edition, the Kenyan athlete Daniel Simiu Ebenyo, crossed the finish line in 26:58, the seventh best world record in history and the third man to run under 27 minutes in a 10K in Spain. The other two times this happened in Valencia were World Records: Joshua Cheptegei (26:38 - 10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso 2019) and Rhonex Kipruto (26:24 - 10K Valencia Ibercaja 2020).
The sporting director of the event, José Enrique Muñoz Acuña, has assured that they worked intensively "to maintain the sporting level of the 2020 edition, with African athletes who could run in 27 minutes or even run in 26 minutes, as was the case with Daniel Simiu. We have also worked on having a high density of European athletes who could try to improve their performances here with very good results, such as five athletes under 28 and 34 under 29".
The 10K Valencia Ibercaja holds the men's world record, the men's European record (Julien Wanders, 27:13) and the women's Spanish record (Trihas Gebre, 31:39). In addition, this Sunday, January 9, Valencia Ciudad del Running experienced other important records such as two more national records. The British national record was achieved by the athlete Emile Cairess (27:44), equalling the previous record of Mo Farah; and Bob Bertemes achieved the national record of Luxembourg.
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