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Hellen Obiri to headline San Silvestre Vallecana race

Hellen Obiri, a two-time Olympic 5,000m silver medalist, will kick off her new season at the 57th edition of the San Silvestre Vallecana on New Year’s Eve, Friday, 31st December 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Hellen Obiri to headline San Silvestre Vallecana race.

The San Silvestre Vallecana Internacional returns with force after saving the 2020 edition in a reduced format and only for the elite and sub-elite and will have 1,500 runners on the streets of Madrid in the late afternoon of December 31st, 2021.

Obiri’s Pace Management announced on their Facebook page that the two-time world 5,000m champion will compete in the race where she began her road running career in 2018.

“On December 31, world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri will compete in Madrid’s San Silvestre Vallecana. Hellen raced the fastest road 10k of her career there in 2018, clocking in at 29:59,” according to Pace Management.

Ethiopians Degitu Azimeraw (2:17:58 in a marathon this year), Haven Hailu (2:20:19), and Israeli Lornah Salpeter, the European champion of 10,000 meters with the best time of 30:05, will compete against the Kenyan.

Obiri finished second in Madrid in 2018 after a dramatic battle with Brigid Kosgei, a fellow Kenyan who holds the current world marathon record.

Obiri, the defending global cross country champion, will compete against Degitu Azimeraw of Ethiopia, who is ten years her junior in real life.

Personal Information

Olympian Helen Obiri

Nationality – Kenyan

Date of birth – 13th December 1989

Personal bests

3000m – 8:20.68

2 miles – 9:14.55

5000m – 14:18.37

10000m – 30:24.27

Half Marathon – 1:04.51

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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