Tsegaye Kebede, the fastest entrant to Barcelona Marathon
(EBC; March 9, 2018)- Two-time London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede will take part in Barcelona Marathon on Sunday.
He leads a solid Ethiopian trio. Kebede is the fastest entrant thanks to an impressive 2:04:38 clocking set in Chicago five years ago. The 31-year-old has also been successful at the Paris (2008), Chicago (2012) and Fukuoka (2008 and 2009) marathons and has 2008 Olympic and 2009 world bronze medals to his name. He will be making his debut this year after recording 2:08:45 last season in Tokyo.
Kebede’s younger compatriots, Tariku Kinfu and Biro Seboka, should also be in the hunt for the victory on Sunday. While Kinfu, 22, managed a 2:07:48 performance last year in Seville on his second ever marathon attempt, Seboka clocked 2:08:51 in his only outing over the distance in Amsterdam last year.
In the women’s race, Worknesh Alemu is the fastest entrant in the women’s race thanks to her 2:30:04 time set in Rabat last year. She’s hoping Barcelona’s flat course will help her dip under the 2:30 barrier for the first time. Kebene Chala Urisa and Belaynesh Beyane Tsegaye will be making their debut over the distance.