Some thirty elite athletes headline a 10K Valencia Ibercaja that will attack the women's world record
September 22, 2021
  1. On 3 October, athletes of 10 different nationalities will fly through Valencia Ciudad del Running in search of their best times.
  2. In the women's field, Norah Jeruto, Rosemary Wanjiru and Margaret Chelimo stand out, while Tadese Worku, Nibret Melak and Hillary Kipkoech are the favourites in the men's field.

Valencia, 22-09-2021.- The 10K Valencia Ibercaja enters the final stretch to offer a great spectacle this Sunday, October 3rd. The race, in which the number of registered runners exceeds 7,000 popular runners, will count on thirty elite athletes from 10 different nationalities in search of their best times in a Valencia Ciudad del Running that is more than ready for the occasion.

In fact, the world's fastest 10K continues to set the bar high and, after the World Record achieved in 2020 (Rhonex Kipruto: 26:24), this 2021 will be looking to break the women's world record (Joyciline Jepkosgei, 29:43 - Prague Grand Prix, September 2017).

The women's line-up is led by Kenyans Norah Jeruto (29:51 - València 2020), who dazzled in the 3,000m Obstacle final of the Diamond League held in Zurich on 8 September, and Margaret Chelimo, who has set the 10K Valencia (5,000m World runner-up) as her goal for this season. Rosemary Wanjiru (29:50 - València 2020) and Sandra Chebet (30:57 - València 2018) complete the list of outstanding athletes.

Men's elite

The men's race features a trio of Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes in Tadese Worku (10K: 26:56), the reigning World U20 3000m World Champion, Nibret Melak (27:26) and Hillary Kipkoech (27:35).

Likewise, Tadese Worku and Hillary Kipkoech arrive at the race in great shape, "making it possible for us to see an athlete under 27 minutes again", according to the Sports Director of the Valencia Ibercaja 10K, José Enrique Muñoz. Athletes such as Weldon Langat (27:24), Collis Koros (27:25) and the Italian Iliass Aouani (27:45) will also arrive on 3 October with the aim of setting a national record. On a national level, the participation of Serrano C.A. athlete Chiki Pérez (27:59) stands out.

Back to being the best 10K in the world

The Sports Director of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja, José Enrique Muñoz, has assured that "it has been a difficult year to make a good selection due to the fact that the pandemic has left the competition of athletes in big events for more than a year. Nowadays there are dozens of races worldwide and we are all competing to have the best athletes in our starting lines".

Even so," he continued, "we have worked hard to be able to count on a group of athletes who are in good shape and who have been selected months in advance so that they can focus on preparing for the race".

As for the goal set for this edition, "we are looking to continue to maintain the level of marks achieved in 2020. If the weather conditions are good, it is possible that we can get close to the World Record in women. It is difficult to talk about improving the records of the race, as at the moment Rhonex Kipruto and her 26:24 in 2020 is difficult to beat. In addition, we achieved the second best world record with Sheila Chepkirui (29:46). Even so, we will try to be the best 10K in Spain and the world one more year".

MENCOUNTRY
Tadese Worku GebresilaseETHIOPIA
Weldon Kipkirui LangatKENYA
Collins kipkorir KorosKENYA
Nibret Melak BogaleETHIOPIA
Hillary KipkoechKENYA
Ronald Kiprotich KiruiKENYA
Iliass AouaniITALY
Juan Antonio (Chiki) PérezSPAIN
Zerei KbromNORWAY
Samuel Fitwi SibhatuGERMANY
Samuel BarataPORTUGAL
Richard DoumaHOLLAND
David NilssonSWEDEN
Luuk MaasHOLLAND
Bastien AugustoFRANCE
Jesus OlmosSPAIN
Youssef TaoussiSPAIN
WOMEN 
Rosemary WanjiruKENYA
Norah Jeruto TanuiKENYA
Dorcas Jepchumba KimeliKENYA
Margaret Chelimo KipkemboiKENYA
Sandra Felis Chebet TueiKENYA
Betti Chepkemoi KibetKENYA
Yitayish Mekonene AgidewETHIOPIA
Sarah LahtiSWEDEN
Jasmijn LauHOLLAND

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Main sponsor
Ibercaja
Main contributor
Trinidad Alfonso Foundation
Sports brand
Mizuno
Sponsor
Quiron Health
Official insurer
Divine Shepherdess
Official vehicle
Hyundai Autiber Motor
Sports nutrition
226ERS Feed your dreams
Official brands
Coca Cola
Serrano Meat
Partners
El Saler Shopping Center
Norauto
Running CV Magazine
Bondia Artisan biscuits
Aquabona
Bondia Artisan biscuits
Charity
Spanish Association against Cancer
Institutional Partners
Valencia City Council. Fundacio sportiva munucipal
Valencia city of running
FACV
RFEA
IAAF
AIMS