New and Returning Champions Take Center Stage At Almaty 2024

The 2024 Virtus World Half-Marathon And 10K Road Race in Almaty, Kazakhstan, showcased remarkable athleticism and sportsmanship, with athletes from around the globe converging to compete in this prestigious event. Among the outstanding performances, the host nation Kazakhstan shone brightly along with Cristiano Pereira, who stayed undefeated in the Half-Marathon once again leaving an indelible mark on the competition.

(L-R) Yudai Takayama, Cristiano Pereira, Keiya Kobayashi at 21km race Alamaty 2024. Photo Credit: IDSport

In the Men’s 21 km II1 category, Cristiano Pereira of Portugal clinched the gold with a stellar time of 1:06:46, displaying exceptional speed and endurance. Yudai Takayama and Keiya Kobayashi of Japan claimed the silver and bronze medals, respectively, showcasing their determination and skill on the challenging course.

Winners from Men’s 10 km II1 (L) and Women’s 21 km II1 (R). Photo Credit: IDSport

Ibai Magdaleno Palacios of Spain dominated the Men’s 10 km II1 category, crossing the finish line in 33:15 to secure the gold medal. Daniel Bosy of Poland and Viktor Karadzhov of Bulgaria demonstrated impressive performances to clinch the silver and bronze medals, respectively, highlighting their prowess in the shorter distance.

“The competition was wonderful. I have been practising a lot and after months of work, this is the best possible reward,” Magdaleno acknowledged

In the Men’s II2 10 km road race, Poland’s Filip Walecki showed resilience and true sportsman spirit by running the solo race in his category and was awarded gold.

In the Women’s 21 km II1 category, Poland’s Monika Wyrobek thrashed last edition’s champion, Anna and emerged victorious, clocking an impressive time of 1:32:07 to claim the gold medal. Anna Bodziony secured the silver medal.


(L-R) Host nation runners, Azamat Ashirbay, Dastan Ordabay and Madi Zhakyp flaunting their flag on the podium in the II3 category. Photo Credit: IDSport

Host nation Kazakhstan truly excelled in the Men’s 10 km II3 category, with Dastan Ordabay leading the charge to claim the gold medal with a remarkable time of 47:41. Azamat Ashirbay and Madi Zhakyp showcased their talent and determination, securing the silver and bronze medals, respectively, to the delight of the home crowd.