Two Mexicans dominated the 38th Mexico City Marathon on Sunday, taking first and second place.
Darío Castro and Eloy Sánchez, both soldiers of the Mexican army, crossed the finish line together to bring Mexico back to the podium after 12 years of absence in front of the third. Rodgers Ondati of Kenya. Castro won the race with a time of 2:14.51 and Sánchez finished just a second after. Ondati recorded a time of 2:17.31.
The last Mexican to win the marathon was Edilberto Méndez Hernández de Tlaxcala in 2009.
More than 15,000 runners lined up early Sunday morning outside the Olympic Stadium at the University of Coyoacansouth of Mexico City, for the 42 kilometer run to the historic center, which ends in the city’s central plaza, the zocalo. They were waiting for Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, who fired the starting gun.
Castro said that despite his victory, the Mexico City Marathon was no walk in the park. “I think here… the conditions in Mexico City, the altitude, the pollution and other influencing factors make the marathon difficult, but it motivates us to keep working and looking for another marathon that gives us the conditions to run. faster,” he said. .
Sánchez was in the lead for most of the race and described the moment Castro caught up. “I slowed down and he caught up with me. We have resumed the rhythm of the competition side by side. We talked, we supported each other. I told him, ‘This race belongs to us Mexicans,’” he said.
In the women’s event, the East Africans dominated a historic race: Kenya’s Lucy Cheruiyot broke the record by more than six minutes, and was followed by Ethiopia’s Amare Shewarge Alene, who finished nearly 10 minutes later. Kenyan Leah Jebiwot Kigen came third.
In the wheelchair categories, Mexico’s Ivonne Reyes won the women’s competition and Colombia’s Francisco San Clemente won the men’s competition in record time.
With reports from Milenio