Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui has been lined up for the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on September 16 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 2018 Berlin Half Marathon champion ran a superb time of 58:42 which was not only a new course record but was also the fifth fastest half marathon time ever. It was only the third time that he was running in a half marathon.
The 28 year-old has been paired alongside the defending champion Abraham Cheroben but he is keen on the world record than his opponent.
Kiptanui is very likely to be able to put weight behind his words, as earlier this year, as he was short of 19 seconds of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years
“I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,” said the confident Kiptanui.
Cheroben will be seeking to defend his title as he returns to the Danish capital to claim his second consecutive win.
“In my opinion, the Copenhagen Half Marathon is the place to run a fast time. I had a fantastic race last year, and I will return to win once again,” says Cheroben.
Apart from Kiptanui and Cheroben, Alex Korio is also confirmed to compete in Copenhagen.
Korio finished third during the last year’s edition when he crossed the line in 58.51 to become one of three runners to dip under 59 minutes at the Copenhagen, which was nothing short of a historical achievement