Former World Half Marathon record holder, Kibiwott Kandie will be defending his title at the 17th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon slated for Sunday (24) in Valencia, Spain.
The 27 year-old who broke the World Half Marathon on this course three years ago with a time of 57:32, will be leading a deep elite field that includes the 2019 World 10,000m silver medallist, Yomif Kejelcha who comes to this race with the second fastest time of 58:32 which is Ethiopia’s National record and Kenya’s Matthew Kimeli who holds the third fastest time on paper of 58:43 that he got on this course two years ago.
Three more athletes who have run a sub 59 have also been invited to fight for the top honors and they include the 2021 World U20 3000m champion, Tadese Worku of 58:47, Rio Olympic 5000m bronze medallist, Hagos Gebrhiwet of 58:55 and the reigning World Road Running Half Marathon champion, Sebastian Sawe of 58:58.
The race director Marc Roig expresses his anticipation for the event, saying, “Valencia proves once again to be the race of choice for the world’s elite athletes looking to break records.” The coach of the international elite for the Valencia Half Marathon, adds, “The return of last year’s winner in the men category is a testament to the race’s popularity. We expect to witness remarkable records, national records, and potentially the fastest world records of the year”.