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 is held this Sunday from ten in the morning, he was presented at noon yesterday at the El Corte Inglés shopping center, together with the popular race that bears his name. The test hopes to bring together more than four thousand runners willing to overcome the 21.097 meters of the course.
Since its second edition, back in 1994, when it reached its international category, no Spaniard has managed to win in men, and the winners have been mainly African athletes, especially Kenyans, Ethiopians and Moroccans. This year, the Moroccan Anwar Dibab (1 hour 04:41), the Maghreb based in Eivissa Ouais Zitane and the Moroccan Abdeladif Msabet also top the list of favorites to win.
In women, the victory has been widely distributed, as it was necessary to wait for 1999 for a foreign victory, registering victories of athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Sweden, Great Britain, Russia and Spain. This year the female poster includes Maria José Pueyo, the Moroccans Kambouria Soud and Zaida El-Medy, or the Cuban based in Spain Yamilka González.
The men's record of the event has been held since 2005 by the Kenyan Yerefu Birhanu with an 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 mark achieved in the bay of Palma with 1:13:01, in a circuit that has a very linear elevation, 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.