Barcelona Firefighters Race sees close to 18,000 participants
Published on 5 April 2009
On Sunday some 18,000 people took part in the eleventh Barcelona Cursa de Bombers (Firefighters' Race), which covered a distance of 10 km through the city centre.
African runners dominated the race, which was won by the Kenyan Kirpono Menjo, who was also last year's winner, with a time of 27 minutes and 32 seconds. The women's champion was the Ethiopian Haji Makda Harun with a time of 32 minutes and 29 seconds.
As for Spain's runners, Chema Martínez proved fastest, coming second with a time 28 minutes and 40 seconds and Natalia Rodríguez, who came in fourth in the women's category, only beating Marta Domínguez by four seconds, in a keenly-awaited duel.
Third place went to another Kenyan, Peter Bomo, while Eurípedes Ruiz; Jesús España, sixth; Reyes Estévez; ninth; and Roger Roca also came in among the first ten.
In the women's category, the Ethiopian Haji Makda Harun came in ahead of the Portuguese runner Jessica Augusto, second, and the Kenyan Berkinesh Shiferaw.
A new feature in this year's race, the eleventh time it has been held, involved the a group made up of the ten best female athletes starting on their own, followed later by the remaining participants.
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