Portugal’s Félix Clocks Fastest European 10,000m

Ana Dulce Félix is hoping to break her country's marathon record in Vienna on April 17. Photo: PhotoRun.net

She hopes break the 26-year-old Portuguese marathon record.

Things are looking good for Portugal’s top female distance runner, Ana Dulce Félix, at the upcoming Vienna City Marathon on 17 April. Last Sunday, she ran the fastest European 10,000m time this year at the Trofeo Iberico meet in Pontevedera, Spain.

Her time, 31:33.42, was also a personal best.

Félix has had an incredible season thus far. On March 20, she broke her country’s half-marathon record, running 68:33 at the Lisbon Half Marathon. She is now setting her sights on the Portuguese marathon mark, 2:23:38, which is currently held by Rosa Mota who set it at the 1985 Chicago Marathon.

In the men’s 10,000m race at the Trofeo Iberico meet, Rui Silva of Portugal came in second place with a 27:53.55. Primarily a middle-distance runner, Silva is now planning to move up to the 5,000m and the 10,000m events.

“[A] 13:10 is a realistic target for my first serious year of running the 5000m, running under 13 minutes is probably beyond me this summer but perhaps next year I will be able to do it,” he said.

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