The triathlete Francesc Godoy will participate in the twentieth edition of the Ciutat de Palma half marathon, where he starts as a national favorite and which takes place this Sunday from ten in the morning, he appeared at noon yesterday at the El Corte Inglés shopping center, together with the popular career that bears his name. The test hopes to gather more than four thousand runners willing to overcome the 21.097 meters of which the route consists.
Since its second edition, back in 1994, when it reached its category of international, no Spaniard has managed to win in men, and mainly the African athletes have been the winners, especially Kenyans, Ethiopians and Moroccans. This year the Moroccan Anwar Dibab (1 hour 04:41), the Maghrebi based in Eivissa Ouais Zitane or the also Moroccan Abdeladif Msabet top the list of favorites.
In women, the victory has been very distributed, since it was necessary to wait for 1999 for a foreign victory, registering victories for athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sweden, Great Britain, Russia and Spain. This year the female lineup includes Maria José Pueyo, Moroccans Kambouria Soud and Zaida El-Medy, or the Cuban based in Spain Yamilka González.
The male record of the test has been held since 2005 by the Kenyan Yerefu Birhanu with extraordinary 1:02:18. In the female category and above all the plethora of African runners, it is the Spanish Ana Isabel Alonso who has the honor of having, since 1995, the best brand achieved in the bay of Palma with 1:13:01, in a circuit that has a very linear dimension, which makes it especially suitable for achieving good records.
The deputy mayor for Culture and Sports of the Palma City Council, Fernando Gilet, bet on the presentation because in the near future this popular race will be integrated into the national circuit.