Italian Federation of Athletics

Italian Federation of Athletics
Italian Federation of Athletics

September 13, 2021

The cast of the top runners expected in the capital has been announced: among the men there is the world gold medal in Beijing 2015 Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea). Bib number 1 in Calcaterra, start at 6.45 am

The countdown for theAcea Run Rome The Marathon on Sunday 19 September, theAlba Race Special Edition at the start in the very early morning, at 6.45 am, as never happened at the Rome marathon. The organizers have today unveiled the cast of the top runners: at the start many African athletes of good level, and overall a dozen of them have a personal best of less than 2h10. The most popular name is certainly the Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, world marathon champion in Beijing in 2015, winner of the New York Marathon the following year and fourth classified at the Rio 2016 Olympics, while in April in the Siena Ampugnano airport marathon, of absolute world level, he finished tenth in 2h07: 11, his personal best. Among the most credited for success is the Ethiopian Berga Birhanu Bekele who in February 2019 in Seville finished third in 2h06: 41. He loves to compete in Italy, he won the Florence Marathon in 2011 and was second in 2012. It’s a return for Kenyan Mathew Kipsaat, fourth at the Rome marathon in 2017 in 2h09: 19, and for the other Ethiopian Werkuneh Seyoun Aboye, fifth in that race with 2h09: 25, but Kenyan Emmanuel is also expected Naibei (2h08: 27 PB). Among the Italians, bib number 1 for Giorgio Calcaterra (Calcaterra Sport), the Roman ultramarathon runner who ran dozens of times in the 42.195 km of the capital and who will celebrate his 250th career marathon on Sunday. In addition to Calcaterra there will be Michele Palamini (Vertovese Mountaineering Group), on his thirtieth birthday. In the feminine, the name of the Ethiopian Tinbit Gidey stands out Weldegebrile able to run her best marathon in 2h23: 37 on the occasion of her third place in Valencia in 2018. The challenge could be with the Kenyan Winfridah Moraa Moseti (Athletics 2005), ninth at the Milan Marathon in May with 2h27: 44.

“It was not easy to put together a cast of athletes of such a high level right now – the words of the technical manager of the top runners Andrea Giocondi – The Olympics have ended just 40 days, in the next 50 days there are all six majors and dozens of other marathons in the world. However, the consideration by managers and athletes for the Rome marathon is very high and therefore I am sure we will once again have a spectacular and hard-fought race ”. The records of the race belong to the male to Kenyan Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum who in 2009 ran in 2h07: 18, while to the female to the Ethiopian Kebede Megertu Alemu who in the last pre-pandemic edition, that of 2019, won in 2h22: 52. “The athletes we called want to run very fast, the Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie said he wanted to beat the race record, he asked for the hare to pass halfway through the race around 1h03”, Giocondi himself said. In addition to the marathon, the Acea Run4Rome solidarity relay is also scheduled at 7.30 and for two days, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19, in virtual-diffused mode in Rome and throughout Italy also the Stracittadina Fun Race 5k.

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