Tuei conquers Barcelona

Tuei conquers Barcelona

Tuei, the 2015 world U18 steeplechase silver medallist, made her move some 17km into the race to easily break away from the rest.

Sandrafelis Tuei/File Photo

Kenya’s Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei captured a commanding title at the eDreams Mitja Marato Barcelona road race, on Sunday 17 October 2021.

The women’s event kicked off at a steady 3:12 pace, the heading group comprising the Ethiopians Asnakech Awoke, Tsege Melese and Alemaz Samuel plus the Kenyan trio of Tuei, Brillian Kipkoech and Mercyline Chelangat.

That sextet timed 16:02 for the first 5km section. Tuei and Kipkoech led the field at 10km, reached in 31:56, and they maintained that pace through 15km (48:01), although only four women – Tuei, Kipkoech, Awoke and Alemaz – remained in contention.

Tuei, the 2015 world U18 steeplechase silver medallist, made her move some 17km into the race to easily break away from the rest.

At the tape, the 23-year-old clocked a lifetime best of 1:07:12, her second PB of the month following a 30:45 10km effort in Valencia a fortnight ago. Kipkoech finished runner-up 19 seconds in arrears to secure a Kenyan double and Awoke placed third in 1:07:47.

Kenyan Abel Sikowo placed fifth overall in the men's race.

Leading results

Women
1 Sandrafelis Tuei (KEN) 1:07:12
2 Brillian Kipkoech (KEN) 1:07:31
3 Asnakech Awoke (ETH) 1:07:47
4 Mercyline Chelangat (KEN) 1:08:27
5 Alemaz Samuel (ETH) 1:08:53

Men
1 Haftu Teklu (ETH) 59:39
2 Stephen Kissa (UGA) 1:00:19
3 Chala Regasa (ETH) 1:00:38
4 Aron Kifle (ERI) 1:00:53
5 Abel Sikowo (KEN) 1:01:44

- World Athletics

 

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