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For the first time, the Barcelona Half Marathon was held in the second half of the year.

Normally, the Mitja Marato de Barcelona in February is one of the first major international half marathons of the year. This year, the event has been postponed to October 17, 2021. 23,000 starting places are available each year for the Barcelona Half Marathon.

The fast half-marathon course takes runners partly along the beach, but also through the city, past a number of landmarks, such as the Museu Picasso de Barcelona, the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Casino Barcelona.

Fast elite field in Barcelona

The top of the field is also usually very well occupied. At the last event in February 2020, Victor Chuma from Uganda triumphed with a top-class time of 59:58 minutes. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Ashete Bekere was the defending champion. She won last year with 1:06:37 hours. At that time there were also quite a few athletes from Austria and Germany at the start, such as Amanal Petros, who finished eleventh with 62:18 minutes. Outstanding was also the performance of Timon Theuer, who moved up to second place in the eternal Austrian best list with 62:34 minutes.

Top favorite was Abrar Osman. The runner from Eritrea was the only participant to stand on the starting line with a best time under one hour. Also at the start was German Amanal Petros, while Austria's hope Timon Theuer had to cancel due to illness. In the women's race, the Ethiopians Zeineba Yimer and Roza Dereje were the favorites. Olympic participant Melat Kejeta was entered for Germany.

The winners

In the men's race, Haftu Teklu was the big winner. The winner of the Berlin 2019 10-kilometer road race was the only runner to stay under an hour. With 59:39 minutes, the Ethiopian won 40 seconds ahead of Stephen Kissa from Uganda. In the women's race, Sandrafelis Tuei, a runner from Kenya, triumphed. She crossed the finish line after 1:07:12 hours, 29 seconds ahead of Brillian Kipkoech.

Results Barcelona Half Marathon 2021 ➤ Ladies

  1. Sandrafelis Tuei - 1:07:12 h
  2. Brillian Kipkoech - 1:07:31 h
  3. Asnakech Awoke - 1:07:47 h

Results Barcelona Half Marathon 2021 ➤ Men

  1. Haftu Teklu - 00:59:39 h
  2. Sptehen Kissa - 1:00:19 h
  3. Chala Regasa - 1:00:38

All results and pictures from the Mitja Marato de Barcelona

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