Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie will be the star to watch at the 34th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 23, 2022 in Valencia, Spain.
The 26 year-old will be making his return to his familiar ground as this is the same venue where he set the then world record of 57:32 in 2020 which was lowered the following year by Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo by one second at Lisbon Half Marathon.
Kandie will lead a strong deep elite field that includes his compatriot, the reigning Roma Ostia course record holder, Sebastian Sawe and last year’s third place finisher Daniel Mateiko who comes to this race with the third fastest time on paper of 58:26.
The three will fight for honors with three other athletes who have run under the 59 minutes time as they try to chase and lower the course record of Kandie.
The three will be joined by forth place finisher at last year’s edition, Kennedy Kimutai and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m bronze medallist, Rodgers Kwemoi. Kimutai and Kwemoi come to this race with personal bests of 58:28 and 58:30 respectively.
The 2019 World Junior cross country champion Milkesa Mengesha and the 2019 World silver medallist in 10,000m Yomif Kejelcha both from Ethiopia will also be on the start line to fight for honors.
The European Half marathon record holder, Julien Wanders from Switzerland will also fight for the title as well as Callum Hawkins who is the Scottish record holder in the marathon and the British all-time number three at that distance behind Mo Farah and Steve Jones.
The race organizer, Marc Roig, admitted that “world records cannot be achieved every year, and Valencia’s level featuring the world’s second best record for males and the WR for females means we should demand a lot but not pressure ourselves with new world records. But I am convinced that the quality of the elite that will run this half-marathon will be news around the world again thanks to its high standards.”