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21 August 2019, 1pm

Sondre Moen hopes to triumph in Copenhagen

Super fast Norwegian runner for CPH Half

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A Nordic runner, who can keep up with the East African runners? The answer is Norwegian Sondre Moen, who has been confirmed to line up at the Copenhagen Half Marathon in September.

Sondre Moen established his name on the international running scene back in 2017. First he clocked 59:48 minutes on the half marathon distance. Only a month later, he won the Fukuola Marathon in Japan to set a a new European record.

On that occasion, he defeated both Stephan Kiprotich from Uganda, a former Olympic and World half marathon Champion, and Bedan Karoki from Kenya, who earlier that year came second at London Marathon.

Now he has the third fastest half marathon time in Europe ever and was the first non-African athlete to break 2:06 on the marathon distance.

Since his breakthrough, Sondre Moen has been injured for periods, but now he is back in shape and ready to run fast at the CPH Half.

“It is a flat course with Nordic weather conditions and a strong field that will be running fast. That is what I’m looking forward to about the CPH Half. And if it’s the right day, I might even set a new personal best,” says Sondre Moen.

“My season started out well as I set a new Norwegian 5 km record with a time of 13:37. In March, I won a half marathon in Gdynia clocking 61:18 on a hilly and windy course. My training went well, but then I was injured, and was unable to prepare for the track season,” says the Norwegian super runner.

Nonetheless, Sondre Moen has just won the Norwegian 10,000 metres championships and came in third on the 5,000 metres.

His focus is on the longer distances, which is where his has his strengths as a runner.

“I like to run for hours in a fast pace but without a sprint finish, which makes me better over long distances such as half marathon and marathon,” says Sondre Moen. “I have a great base after 10-15 years of training, and I am confident that I will be back stronger than ever. My dream is to win an Olympic marathon medal,” he says.

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