On Sunday morning, Giovanni dos Santos of Minas Gerais, in a heated feud with Tanzanian Sidi Makula, won the Elite Men’s podium finish. He completed 21,097 meters through the streets and roads of Sao Paulo’s second largest city with a time of 1h06min27 and just one second off his opponent, who finished the race with 1h06min28. Third place went to Gelson Conceição from Bahia, with a time of one hour, seven minutes and 29 minutes.
In the women’s class, Kenya’s Janet Masai, who was this year’s runner-up at the Porto Alegre Marathon, underlined her good stage and preference in the race with more calm. She achieved a strong rhythm and won the title by clocking 1 hour 15 minutes 50 minutes, nearly four minutes ahead of Jessica Soares, of Minas Gerais, 1 hour 19 minutes 45 minutes. The third place went to Andrea Heysel from Sao Paulo, with a time of 1 hour 21 minutes and 11 minutes.
Guarulhos’ entry in the country’s grand international half marathon circuit was in style. On a sunny Sunday and pleasant temperature, about 3 thousand runners, divided into races of 21 km, 10 km and 5 km, showed an expression of enthusiasm. And to crown a debut, nothing is better than having a Brazilian as the champion. The work of all involved was successful and the dispute was already confirmed in July 2023.
What a proof of DANIELZINHO! 🏃🏾♂️🇧🇷
8th place in the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics 🇺🇸
Excellent time 2: 07.34. 👏👏
The course promises a lot to Daniel Nascimento! pic.twitter.com/bLofMwuCVs
– Team Brazil (timebrasil) July 17 2022
The duel between Giovanni and Saidi was the highlight of the men’s competition. Together, the two runners were practically the entire track and left deciding the first place for the finish. The experienced and victorious Brazilian, who won no less than six titles on the Pampulha International Tour, did not miss another positive result.
“I’m really happy. I was worried this week because I had a bad cough. But God is great and it all worked out. What makes me even happier is that I was the first to win the 10km event here in Guarulhos and now I won the half marathon for the first time here. He will blog In history and that’s forever.”
Giovanni also emphasized that winning in the city has a special flavor. “I am happy to celebrate with my sister who lives in the city. I also hope my wife is here as she celebrates her birthday today. But I dedicate this title to her,” added the athlete.
In turn, Al-Saeidy highlighted the good quarrel with his friend. “The course is really fast and we were able to go hand in hand, with a great finish. I congratulate Giovanni for the first place and thank the organization for the invitation,” said the runner, who finished third in the Daegu Marathon, South Korea, in 2016, and is now second in the Guarulhos Half Marathon. First international “I hope to be here next year to come back.”
It ended up not happening duel with the Brazilians. But despite this, Kenyan Janet Masai highlighted the technical level of the opponent. “It was a good test. At first my pace was not strong, but then I took the risk of cutting my pace and it ended up paying off. I really enjoyed the course and made good preparations for this race. The result was the result of that,” he said.
Jessica from Minas said the result is positive. The goal was the title, but he recognized the positive day for the champion. “She did a really good job. I tried to walk with her at first but since I came from several competitions – I ran last week in Boa Vista (RR) – I preferred not to risk it and I guarantee I will. I am very happy with this second place and I would like to thank you for I invite you to participate in this race,” he said.
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