Nancy Jelagat Wins Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon in Spain

Fresh from setting a half-marathon record in Berlin, Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat held off tough competition to win the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon race, setting a new Personal Best time of 2:19:31 in Spain. Photo: Kenya Kwetu (Twitter)

Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat held off Ethiopia’s Etagegne Woldu and Beyenu Degefa to win the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon race on Sunday, 5 December in Valencia, Spain.

Fresh from setting a half-marathon record in Berlin, Jelagat together with Woldu and Degefa ran closer to the pacemakers. When she noticed the Ethiopian pair could no longer match the pacemakers, she quickly pulled away from the rest of the field.

After an impressive half of 1:09:41 and 1:09:50, Jelagat crossed the line in 2:19:31 to win her first major marathon.

Speaking to the media after the race, Jelagat was elated with her performance. “It was my first time here in Valencia, but I promise to come back,” she said. 

“I’ve improved my PB by 14 minutes, so I can’t ask for more!” – Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat after winning the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon race in Spain

Woldu and Degefa completed the podium in 2nd (2:20:16) and 3rd (2:23:04) positions, respectively. 

Another Ethiopian, Rahma Tusa, managed to finish in fourth for a remarkable showing by the running-strong country, and she was closely followed by Ireland’s Fionnuala McCormack, who was placed fifth in a new PB of 2:23:58.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Fresh from setting a half-marathon record in Berlin, Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat held off tough competition to win the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso Marathon race, setting a new Personal Best time of 2:19:31 in Spain. Photo: Kenya Kwetu (Twitter)

 

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