The 13th Porto Marathon EDP has ended in a festive atmosphere and with the promised records. The continued growth and from the technical point of view, it is confirmed that the marathon distance is still alive in Portugal, despite all constraints of Portuguese athletics. Congratulations!
The Family Race, along with the Marathon programme, with 15km long, had Hélder Santos (Sporting CP) as the male winner, with 45m49s, followed by Rui Muga (CA Mogadouro - 47m11s) and Carlos Costa (CDS Salvador Field - 47m39s).
On women’s side, Daniela Cunha (Sporting CP) won the first prize with 54m13s, followed by Solange Jesus, 54m38s (Sporting CP), and Elisabete Azevedo (Rec Agueda. - 55m15s).
Filomena Costa seemed to have secured the second place, but the final section of the race provided a sensational overturn. At 30km (1h44m46s), Filomena still had 40 seconds ahead of Catarina Ribeiro, at 40km (2h21m15s) this advantage was almost equal. Catarina Ribeiro made a final part of sensational race and one kilometre from the finish line, already followed side by side the Minho’s athlete, to pass her very close to the finish and ensuring a brilliant debut.
Her 2h30m10s time surpassed Filomena’s time for 17 seconds, followed by the Kenyan Pamela Kipchoge at fourth place (2h36m42s) and Guteni Shone (2h38m23s) at fifth place.
In the men's side, only the Kenyan Samuel T. Mwaniki was at his level and ran alone for a long time finishing in 2h11m48s. At 32 years old, Mwaniki was a little more than two minutes from his best mark, established last year in Marrakech with 2h08m56s. The Japanese Yuki Kawauchi was second, finishing exhausted, but far from the front, with 2h14m32s. Unlikely, José Moreira finished strong, after recovering almost two minutes against the Japanese in the last kilometres assuring the third position with 2h16m11s, 2m11s below the minimum for the World Championships in Athletics, set in 2h14m.
Throughout the race, the chase between the athletes was strong, shortening up the distance between them every kilometre. But even with a suffered final, Kiptoo warranted the victory in Queimódromo with a race record of 2h29m13. At 30 years of age, she is only doing her first season in the marathon and gained a personal record, now widely improved in 2h33m54s, from the Marrakech Marathon.
Returning to the female side of the competition, soon from beginning that Guteni Shone, the Ethiopian holder of the best time among the participants, was not on a great day. She remained close to the future winner up until halfway of the race, but then she was delayed, so the race would eventually be a time trial to Loice Chebet Kiptoo in the second half. A racing style that reminded her famous colleague Priscah Jeptoo, Kiptoo ran almost always alone and without company even of male athletes. Instead, Filomena Costa had a nice honour guard, mainly led by Ricardo Ribas, that impeccably guided the aspirations of the Minho’s athlete.
The weather conditions for this 13th edition of the Porto Marathon EDP were almost ideal. The day started cloudy, but the sun finally shinned along all race and, instead of last year, when temperatures were very high, this time the thermometers were slightly below 15 degrees Celsius, which proved to be very suitable for the distance of 42195m.
In the male side, and once again, the victory didn’t leave Africa, going back to Kenya through Samuel Theuri Mwaniki with 2h11m48s. José Moreira made an excellent race, finishing third place, improving his 5th place back in 2013.
As expected, the 13th edition of Porto Marathon EDP held on Sunday morning between the municipalities from Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia and Matosinhos, was an edition of records. The most amazing was the number of finishers of a marathon in Portugal. Last year, the Invicta’s city proved that it was possible for 4558 participants to cut the finish line, this year the number increased to about 4800 people, something that was already expected.
Astonishing was the women's marathon, the largest bet of the organization this year. The Kenyan Loice Kiptoo Chebet was the winner, with 2h29m13s and in addition hitting the barrier of 2h30m, exceeded the maximum of the competition, also established by Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo in 2009, with 2h30m40s. But the biggest success was Catarina Ribeiro. With only 26 years old, this athlete who runs as individual, debuted in the distance with a beautiful second place and almost below 2h30m. With 2h30m10s, she established minimums allowing her to participate in the World Championships in Athletics next year in London, as they were recently fixed in 2h32m. As usual in marathons, the favorites were unable to impose. Chebet exceeded the (apparently) more categorized Ethiopian Guteni Shone and in a purely national context, Catherine Ribeiro managed to overcome Filomena Costa, who still signed a good time, also achieving the minimums for the London World Championships in Athletics, and closed the podium.