Mwangangi sets Spanish all-comers best at the Valencia Marathon

John Mwangangi (centre) after winning the 2015 Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso (Organisers) © Copyright

Kenya’s John Mwangangi will have plenty of reasons to remember his win at the 2015 Maraton Valencia Trinidad Alfonso, his time of 2:06:13 at the IAAF Silver Label Road Race was not only a personal best by over a minute but also his first win over the classic distance, and he also ran the fastest marathon ever seen on Spanish soil on Sunday (15).

The previous Valencia course record and Spanish all-comers’ best belonged to Kenya’s Felix Kipkemboi Keny, who clocked 2:07:14 in 2013.

Matthew Kisorio was second in 2:06:32 with Felix Kipchichir Kandie third in 2:07:08 to complete an all-Kenyan men’s podium.

Namibia’s Beata Naigambo also clocked a course record when she won the women’s race in 2.26.58, becoming the first back-to-back champion in the Mediterranean city since local runner Elisenda Pucurull won her third consecutive title in 1991.

Naigambo took three seconds off the previous course record set by Ethiopia’s Azalech Woldeselasse in 2013.

Kenya’s Nancy Kiprop was second in 2:27:34 with Morocco’s Malika Asahssah third in 2:28:02. The first three women all set personal bests.

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