World Half Marathon record holder, Jacob Kiplimo will be the star to watch at the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The Olympics bronze medallist and the double gold medallist at last month’s Commonwealth Games became the first Ugandan to win the Great North Run last weekend with a time of 59:33 beating the Olympic 10,000m champion Selemon Barega from Ethiopia who crossed the line in second in 1:00.39. Also on the receiving end was the three times Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele who came with a bang as he crossed the line in third in 1:01.01.
The 21 year-old who has had an outstanding season winning the RAK Half Marathon in the UAE in February in a world-leading time of 57:56 will be hoping to build on this two wins in Delhi as he targets the course record.
Kiplimo will be chasing the race course record of 58:53 that was set in 2020 by Ethiopia’s Amdework Walelegn.
The 2019 World Cross Country champion believes he can lower the course record in a time that has never seen on Indian soil.
I have been told that the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon course is a quick one and the record suggests that you can run fast times there…with a month to go to the race, I am in good shape, and I will focus on preparing specifically for the race over the next few weeks, said Kiplimo.
The event organisers Procam International Managing Director, Vivek Singh, said, “We are thrilled to be able to welcome Jacob Kiplimo to India for the very first time and to headline this year’s Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon. It is a reflection of the event’s stature that it annually draws some of the biggest names in distance running,”
The race total prize money is USD 268,000, with the winner pocketing a cool USD 27,000.