The 42 km of Ekiru were the fastest in the world in 2021: the show will be rekindled on April 3, 2022, the date on which the twentieth anniversary of the race will also be celebrated
Another handful of non-prominent races in the Far East, between China and Japan – pandemic permitting – and 2021 of international marathons will be over. There are no more doubts: the fastest male 42 km of 2021 will be that of Milan won by the Kenyan Titus Ekiru in 2h02’57 ”, sixth man all-time. To give a sense of the enterprise: only in Berlin and London, in history, has it progressed faster. And not that the women’s test was much less: the 2h19’35 ”of the Ethiopian Hiwot Gebrekidan is the best performance ever obtained on Italian soil. In short: after the forced cancellation of the 2020 edition shortly before its execution, the one held on May 16, with limited participation and on the circuit with arrival at Parco Sempione, was special. In all senses. The hope, in the wake of that success, is that the next one, presented yesterday at the Royal Palace (with Lucilla Andreucci being the first winner in 2000) and scheduled for Sunday 3 April 2022, will return to “normal” conditions.
Even if, being the twentieth, it will be a bit special regardless. «Already in 2019 – recalls Paolo Bellino, CEO and general manager of RCS Sports & Events, who takes care of the organization – with a double all-comers record, that is on the national territory, we gave the marathon great technical visibility. This year we have surpassed ourselves and, to celebrate the anniversary in the best possible way, in 2022 we want to do even better. Thanks also to our flagships: the School Marathon on Saturday and the Relay Marathon with four fractions between 7 and 13 km, connected to the Charity Program and extendable to the Anywhere formula, thanks to which anyone can participate wherever they are. In Europe, in terms of fundraising, in 2019 close to two million, we are second only to London, which exceeds eight. The goal, if the health situation allows it, will be to have 10,000 participants in the marathon and, adding up the collateral initiatives, 40,000 starters ”.
Two years ago, at the start of the 42 km, 7623 arrived, with 6309 arrived, plus 3691 relay races. All record figures. “This event – says Mayor Beppe Sala via video message – gives energy to the entire city. With great attention to environmental and social sustainability, it is the manifesto of the Milan we want and which increases international attractiveness. Without forgetting that the Milan-Cortina 2026 Games are not far away “. “I have the powers to sport, tourism and youth policies – summarizes Martina Riva, city councilor -: Milan Marathon involves all three and I am proud of it”. The Gazzetta dello Sport has always supported the marathon. “In 1997 – says deputy director Pier Bergonzi – I took part in the New York one: I remember the joy, the next day, of seeing my result published in the Times together with that of all the participants. Hence the idea of doing the same with ours: it was a success. With Gazzetta Active, the section dedicated to sport practiced at Gazzetta.it, we will also follow the stages of approach: the interest is great and the margins for growth are still wide “. Antonio Rossi, Undersecretary in the Region, also looks ahead: “In these twenty years – underlines the Olympic canoeist – wonderful things have been done and given the boom in post-Tokyo athletics, the future will be even brighter”.
Andrea Trabuio, race director, enters into the merits: “In compliance with the health protocols – he explains – we will propose a very fast race that, starting and arriving in Corso Venezia, will touch the iconic places of the city. The boys will approach the School Marathon following a precise educational path, for Relay we already have 84 registered NGOs, 15% new. On the eve, at City Life, the Running Festival will go crazy for three days “. Closes Stefano Baldini, the god of marathon, in whose stable, in Rubiera, the 28-year-old Hlynur Andresson has also recently joined. “The -2h03 ‘of May – he says – is a great business card. The next appointment is 15 weeks away: it’s time to get going”.
December 18, 2021 (change December 19, 2021 | 11:56 am)
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