Kenya’s James Wangari will defend his title at the 3rd edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (17) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 23 year-old is the current record holder of the race with 59.07 that he set last year smashing the Biden Karoki record by 7 seconds he had set in the first edition.
Wangari will battle for honor with Stephen Kibet who finished second last year last year but has to his name a PB of 5854 he set in March 2012 at the Den Haag half marathon in Netherlands.
Ethiopia will be represented by Yigrem Demelash Endale who comes to this race as the only elite athlete that has run 10,000m under 27 minutes.
World Cross Country silver medallist, Leonard Barsoton is another Kenyan on the elite startlist coming with a PB of 27:42 10k that he got in 2016 at San Juan Puerto Rico and was also second behind at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships where Geofrey Kamworor defended his title with both crossing the line in 28:24 and 28:36 respectively.he has also a PB of 7:53.23 over the 3000m.
Henrik Paulsen, Sports Director at Sparta Athletics and Running and elite field responsible at the Copenhagen Half Marathon said, “It is difficult to pick the biggest favorite. We have never had as many sub 60 minutes pro athletes as we have this year – a total of 9 runners have done this. But these four stand out, and if they are able to push each other once the pacers drop out, the chance of a world record is definitely there,”