Former World Half Marathon record holder Geoffrey Kamworor has been added on the star elite list of the 41st Edition of the Valencia Marathon that will be held in December, 5, 2021 in Valencia, Spain.
The 28 year-old has three World Athletics Half Marathon Championships gold medals under his belt, and he is back on the roads following his recovery from surgery after he was hit by a motorcycle in June last year.
The 2015 World silver medallist in 10,000m carries a personal best of 2:06.12 that he got at the 2012 at the Berlin Marthon.
Kamworor’s world half marathon record time was bettered by each of Kibiwott Kandie, Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso at the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon and Kandie is the new half marathon world record holder.
Last year’s edition of this race featured elite athletes and four runners broke the previous course record of 2:03.51, with Evans Chebet setting a new course record of 2:03.00, the sixth-fastest marathon at the time.
Chebet’s victory also ensured that a Kenyan topped the podium again for the 18th time in the last 40 editions of the Valencia Marathon.
The race organisers have put together one of the strongest team to challenge the current course record of 2:03.00, which is the fourth fastest time in the world. Kamworor will battle for honors alongside Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto, and the Ethiopians Mule Wasihun, Getaneh Molla, Kinde Atanaw and Andamlak Belihu.
The race selector of the International Elite athletes of the Valencia Marathon, Marc Roig, said, “This year’s marathon is extremely competitive, as we like in Valencia. I do not rule out an arrival to the sprint in male and, in fact, I am counting on it. Athletes know that Valencia offers one of the best circuits to achieve a personal best. And this, with the level of runners we have, can easily translate into several athletes breaking the circuit record. How much? We will see this on December 5”.