Kandie smashes half marathon world record in Valencia


Kandie smashes half marathon world record in Valencia
FILE PHOTO: Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya crosses the finish line after passing Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo at the last moment to win the annual "Sao Silvestre Run", an international race through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

In Summary

  • Kenya's Kibiwott Kandie smashed the Half Marathon world record after clocking 57:32 at the Valencia Half Marathon on Sunday
  • The World Half Marathon silver medallist erased 29 seconds from the previous record of 58:01 set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor at the 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashed the Half Marathon world record after clocking 57:32 at the Valencia Half Marathon on Sunday.

The World Half Marathon silver medallist erased 29 seconds from the previous record of 58:01 set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor at the 2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon.

Similarly, it was a sweet revenge for Kandie as he beat Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo who had triumphed at the World Half Marathon in Poland.

Kiplimo would settle for the second spot in 57:37 as world 10000m bronze medallist Rhonex Kipruto who was making his debut came home third in 57:49

In the corresponding women’s race, Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia triumphed in 1:05:18 with Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui placing second in 1:05:39 as Senbere Tefer of Ethiopia closed the podium in 1:05:51

Kenya’s Dorcas Tuitoek (1:07:18) and Brenda Jepleting (1:08:47) placed fourth and sixth respectively

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