• Guteni Shone and Azmera Gebru start as the favourites in Valencia

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This year Valencia Marathon organisers have planned a sub-70 minute target at the half marathon mark with the goal to break the 2:20 barrier. 

The line-up is led by Ethiopia’s Guteni Shone, who narrowly missed the 2:20 barrier when she finished runner-up in 2:20:11 in Dubai in 2020. She finished second in Prague last May setting her seasonal best of 2:21:46. 

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Shone will face her compatriot Azmera Gebru, who improved her PB to 2:20:48 at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon. 

The line-up also features Bornes Kitur Chepkirui from Kenya, winner at the 2018 Prague Marathon in 2:24:19 and in Lubljana in her PB of 2:21:26, Juliet Chekwel, who improved the Ugandan record to 2:23:13 in Seville in 2020, Nancy Jelagat, who holds a half marathon record of 1:05:21, Rahma Tusa from Ethiopia, who won the Rome Marathon three times in a row in 2016, 2017 and 2018, finished fifth in New York in 2018 and holds a PB of 2:23:46, and Dorcas Tuitoek, who ran a lifetime best of 1:06:33 in her career at the Istanbul Half Marathon in 2019 and will run the first marathon of her career. 

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir set the course record last year clocking 2:17:16. 

“This year’s marathon is extremely competitive, as we like it in Valencia. I don’t rule out a sprint finish in the women’s race. Valencia offers one of the best courses for achieving personal best times”, said elite coordinator Marc Roig.

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Women's Elite field

BIBNAMECOUNTRYPB
151Guteni ShoneETH2h20:11
152Azmera GebruETH2h20:48
153Bornes ChepkiruiKEN2h21:26
154Bedatu HirpaETH2h21:32
155Juliet ChekwelUGA2h23:13
156Rahma TusaETH2h23:46
166Jessica AugustoPOR2h24:25
165Meseret DinkeETH2h25:31
167Fionnuala McCormackIRL2h26:47
168Daria MykhailovaUKR2h27:29
169Bojana BjeljacCRO2h27:42
209Iwona BernardelliPOL2h27:47
170Failuna MatangaTAN2h27:55
171Laura HottenrottGER2h28:02
172Giovanna EpisITA2h28:03
173Sonia SamuelsGBR2h28:04
174Nazret WelduERI2h28:07
175Paola BonillaECU2h28:24
164Elena LoyoESP2h28:25
176Kokob Tesfagaber SolomonERI2h28:37
178Marcela Cristina GómezARG2h28:58
179Úrsula SánchezMEX2h29:11
180Majida MaayoufMOR2h29:24
181Irene PelayoESP2h30:07
210Risper GesabwaMEX2h30:49
211Gulzhanat ZhanatbekKAZ2h33:25
212Aydee Loayza HuamanPER2h34:48
213Fortunate ChidzivoZIM2h35:19
182Emma MitchellIRL2h36:00
157Nancy JelagatKEN2h36:22
214Neja KrsinarSLO2h36:27
215Fanny PruvostFRA2h37:51
184Ivette MejiaUSA2h38:00
185Alexandra Marina Rosa de OliveiraPOR2h38:20
186Yesica MásESP2h39:36
187Aicha BaniMOR2h40:00
188Cristina McKnightESP2h40:29
189Cristina GiurcanuESP2h42:01
190Stefania LeontiadouGRE2h44:43
217Patricia SchreursNED2h44:44
191María Isabel VélezMEX2h47:25
192Barbara RamonESP2h48:23
193Juana García PérezESP2h48:44
194Emilia SiltanenFIN2h50:00
218Mandana NouriIRN2h54:28
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