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Posted: February 21, 2016:  

Athletics: Lagat breaks the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla course record again

4 Spanish get the Oympic Qualifying Standard for Rio

Kenyan Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat again brakes the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla in 2h08:14 in a great day for the Spanish athletes who were compiting the National Championship with 4 Olympic Qualifying Standard for Rio: Carles Castillejo in 2h11h29 and 2nd overall, Jesús España in 2h11:58, female overall winner Paula Gonzalez in 2h31:18 and Estela Navascues with 2h32:49.

It’s been an historical day for the 32nd Zurich Maraton de Sevilla, the flattest marathon course in Europe with 13,000 participants, crossing the city centre and main monuments of Seville, (Andalusia, Spain).

Lagat did it again, running on his own the finals 15km after pulling away the leaders pack. The fastest athlete ever in Sevilla has repeated today what he did in 2014. He has won the race and he has set a new course record clocking in 2h08:14 at the Finish Line on the same track of the La Cartuja Stadium that hosted the Athletics World Championship in 1999. The first runner up was Carles Castillejo in 2h11:29, who is the new Spanish Champion (second overall) in a thrilling competition with Jesus España. Castillejo gets a direct place to take part in Rio 2016. España got the Olympic Qualifying Standard as well, and waits the final decision from the Spanish Federation. The battle for the male victory in this kind of ‘Spanish Trials’ was amazing, with both athletes trying to get the victory till the finals kms.

Spanish Paula Gonzalez Berodia is the winner of the female race and the new Spanish Champion in 2h31:18 in a great debut in the distance, and she will be racing in the Olympics. After the half marathon she pushed and kept the lead of the race till the finish line. Kaoutar Boulaid from Morroco (2h31:26), was second, and Spanish Estela Navascues (2h32:49), third and got as well the Olympic Qualifying Standard.

Zurich Maraton de Sevilla - awarded IAAF Bronze Label, is the flattest marathon course in Europe. The event is opening its door to the international runners community and has a new and absolutely flat race course in one of the most scenic venue possible, in the city centre of Seville, crossing all the main monuments and historical streets. One months ago was sold out, with 13,000 registered athletes.

Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat: "I’m so happy for the victory, but to achieve a new course record was also my goal! It’s my second time in Seville, my second victory, I feel really strong racing here. I thought I could push in the last kms so I decided to attack. Honestly I had some problems and felt It could not be possible in some moments, but when I saw the finish line it was like a dream come true. It’s a flat course, perfect to run fast, and the weather is so good. I’ll be back, who knows if I can break it again!".

Paula Gonzalez: "It’s been my debut, I was really focused on the clock and on the Spanish women. But when I realized I could even win the other Kenyan and Ethiopian runners I knew it would be my day. I did a good race, consistent, and now it’s time to think about the Olympics!".

Zurich, New Balance, Cruzcampo Radler, CaixaBank, Carrefour, ABC de Sevilla and Coca-Cola are the proud sponsors and partners of the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla 2016.

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1	02:08:14	Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat
2	02:11:29	Carles Castillejo Salvador
3	02:11:39	Hassane Ahouchar
4	02:11:43	Sibusio Nzima
5	02:11:53	Hassan Omanga Mokaya
6	02:11:58	Jesus España Cobo
7	02:14:15	Mert Girmalegese
8	02:14:31	Jose Carlos Hernandez Cabrera
9	02:15:11	Michael Clohisey
10	02:15:25	Aschalew Negusse Meketa
Women Results
1	02:31:18	Paula Gonzalez Berodia
2	02:31:26	Kaoutar Boulaid
3	02:32:49	Estela Navascues Parra
4	02:33:13	Eunice Jeptoo
5	02:36:01	Doroteia Peixoto Peixoto
6	02:36:10	Marta Silvestre Soriano
7	02:36:38	Aroa Merino Betancor
8	02:36:44	Paula Todoran
9	02:37:11	Rael Jepyator Kimaiyo
10	02:38:22	Sonia Bejarano Sanchez


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