Kenya’s Erick Kiptanui has withdrawn from the 4th edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (16) in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kiptanui took the world with surprise when he ran the fifth fastest time in 2018 and equaled the fifth in the all-time performances for the distance.
The 28 year-old won the Berlin Half Marathon which was his third time that he was running in a half marathon with amazing splits of 5K – 13:32; 10K – 27:32; 15K– 41:38, to beat the former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau’s course record of 58:56.
Kiptanui who was short of 19 seconds of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years had vowed to bring down the course record come Sunday, “I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,” said the confident Kiptanui.
Another big name to drop out of the CPH is Galen Rupp, an Olympic marathon bronze medalist who has withdrawn his name to concentrate of defending his Chicago Marathon. title which he can use event as part of his preparations
In the women’s race World half marathon champion, Netsanet Gudeta from Ethiopia has withdrawn due to an injury she got in training while Jordan Hasay who finished third at last year’s Chicago Marathon is also preparing for the same race.