Madrid, Apr 28 (EFE).- Kenya's Francis Kiprop, 30, set a new Madrid Marathon record of 2:10:37, while Vanessa Veiga obtained the first women's race victory for Spain in 15 years on the weekend.
Veiga, Spain's female marathon winner in 2011, made a great final kick, moving out ahead of Ethiopia's Desta Girma Tadesse, who won the Madrid race in 2010 and 2011, just 50 meters (54 yards) from the finish line and triumphed with a time of 2:36:38.
Upon crossing the finish line, the 33-year-old jumped for joy and received kisses from her three children.
Salamanca native Rafael Iglesias achieved his objective of being the first Spaniard to cross the finish line, coming in eighth with a time of 2:16:11 after having to sit out the race for the past two years with osteopathy of the pelvis.
The race began at 9 a.m. with a minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and a nod to the International Olympic Committee, or IOC, which on Sept. 27 in Buenos Aires will choose from among Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul the city that will host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Some 26,000 runners - all wearing black armbands in memory of the Boston bombing victims - began this year's race at Colon Square with the temperature standing at 4 C (39 F), although it felt much colder.