Watch live streaming coverage of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja on Sunday via YouTube as Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw attempts to break her own world 10km record. Yehualaw ran a time of 29:14 in Castellon last February to set her current world record and a strong field has been assembled in Valencia with an aim to lower the mark again this weekend.
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After missing out on competing at last year’s 10K Valencia because of a positive Covid test, Yehualaw returns this year with a positive mindset and believes she’s in the perfect shape to run a fast time on Sunday. The start time for this race is 9:30 am in Spain / 3:30 am Sunday morning, Eastern Time (ET) in the United States.
The 23-year-old Half Marathon World Championships bronze medalist in 2020, made a successful marathon debut in Hamburg in April, where she clocked a very fast time of 2:17:23 for the victory. Yehualaw returned to the road in October at the London Marathon 2022 and was also in top form –crossing the finishing line at 2:17:26 for the victory in another dominant performance.
On Sunday, the Ethiopian will try to return to the same kind of form at the 10K Valencia, where she will be paced by her compatriots Genetu Molalign Yehualaw and Tolcha Guta Beyene.
The director of the 10K Valencia Ibercaja 2023, Alex Aparicio, has revealed that this year’s race has a roster of top international athletes “with which we will fight for the world record in women.” More than 15,000 runners are slated to participate in the event with five women who have dipped under the 31:00 barrier also entered.
The challenging list is headed by the Kenyan trio of Vicoty Chepngeno, Jesca Chelangat, and Naomi Chepngeno, in addition to the Ugandan duo of Sarah Chelangat and Stella Chesang.
Kenyans Weldon Kipkirui, Jacob Krop, Daniel Kosen and Richard Yator, and Burundi’s Rodrigue Kwizera are among the leading contenders on the men’s side.