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07 December 2020, 10am

57:32 in Valencia – three others also beat previous record

Kandie sets new world record in half marathon

Marathon and and Half Marathon Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP Elite Edition
Sun 6 December 2020

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Kibiwott Kandie smashed the world record (subject to ratification) in the half marathon on 6 December, clocking 57:32 at the Valencia Half Marathon.

The 24-year-old Kenyan, who finished second at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October, knocked 29 seconds from the previous record of 58:01 set by Geoffrey Kamworor in 2019.

The world record was the target from the outset with the leaders covering the opening 5km in 13:37 and 10km in 27:25. Kandie, who was running his fourth half marathon of the year, began to push the pace in the 14th kilometre, bringing the leaders through 15km in 41:10, with fellow Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto and Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda, the reigning world champion over the distance, on his shoulder. Over the next 5km Kandie and Kiplimo took turns with the lead until the final kilometre when Kandie made his decisive move.

Besides Kandie three more men beat the previous world record: Jacob Kiplimo (57:37), Rhonex Kipruto (57:49) and Alexander Mutiso (57:59).

In the women’s race, the winner was the Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba with a time of 1:05:18, followed by Sheila Chepkirui with 1:05:39 and then the 2019 winner Senbere Teferi with 1:05:51.

Among the Spaniards, the debutant Carlos Mayo achieved the second best time in history in the half-marathon with a time of 1:00:06, lowering the time achieved by Juan Antonio ‘Chiki’ Pérez (1:01:30) last year in the Valencia Half-Marathon. In the women’s category, the first Spanish national was also the debutant José Pérez, from CA Serrano, who was the first to cross the finish line in 1:12:57.

In the marathon, Evans Chebet (KEN) broke the Valencia course record with 2:03:00, making Valencia the third fastest marathon in the world (behind Berlin and London).

Three more men ran under the previous record of the event which was last set at 2:03:51, and in doing so completed a spectacular podium. Lauwrence Cherono (2:03:04) was second, Birhanu Legese (2:03:16) third and Amos Kipruto (2:03:30). In addition, there were 30 athletes who ran under 2:10:00.

In the women’s category, Peres Jepchirchir also broke the course record with her 2:17:16; Ayad Lamdassem broke the Spanish record with 2:06:35. 61 runners achieved the Olympic qualifying times.

The women’s podium was completed by Joyceline Jepkosgei (2:18:40) and Helalia Johannes (2:19:59).


Half marathon
1 Kibiwott KANDIE KEN 57:32
2 Jacob KIPLIMO UGA 57:37
3 Rhonex KIPRUTO KEN 57:49
4 Alexander MUTISO KEN 57:59
1 Genzebe DIBABA ETH 1:05:18
1 Evans CHEBET KEN 2:03:00
2 Lawrence CHEROONO KEN 2:03:04
3 Birhanu LEGESE ETH 2:03:16
4 Amos KIPRUTO KEN 2:03:30
5 Reuben KERIO KEN 2:04:12
1 Peres JEPCHIRCHIR KEN 2:17:16
2 Joyciline JEPKOSGEI KEN 2:18:40
3 Helaria JOHANNES NAM 2:19:52
4 Zeineba YIMER ETH 2:19:54
5 Degitu AZIMERAW ETH 2:19:56

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