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Rhonex Kipruto to battle Muktar Edris at Valencia Half Marathon

The world 10km record holder  Rhonex Kipruto will battle for honors with  two time world 5,000m champion Muktar Edris at the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on October 24 in Valencia, Spain.

 After failing to break his own record at the Herzogenaurach, Germany early this month, Kipruto ran his second fastest time in history of the 10km race cutting the tape in 26:43 as season best.

 Ethiopian Edris carries enjoys a personal best of 59:04 won during his debut at the 2020 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and hopes to run better in his second 21km race.

 The duohave had good track records and will be joined by several sub 59-minute runners over the distance and some world-class debutants from the track.

Marc Roig, manager of the international elite of the race, said that “Olympic years always have a special atmosphere, but the calendar does not stop and the half marathon (non-Olympic distance) has other crowns to share out. And they want them, both those who triumphed in Tokyo and those who fell short. That’s why dreaming about the world record is possible and desired”. 

The Valencia Half Marathon is working with the teams of the top elite athletes so that their training in the weeks leading up to the event will culminate in an unprecedented peak of performance in Valencia.

Last year’s edition was for only Elite athletes in which a new male world record of 57:32 was set by Kibiwott Kandie from Kenya, and four runners ran under 58 minutes, the Valencia Half Marathon has assembled these fast runners to try and lower the world record.

Erick Kiptanui and Caroline Kipkirui Lead Strong Delhi Half Marathon Fields

Organisers have announced the elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 14th edition is set for 21 October.

Leading the list is this year’s fastest man over the distance, Eric Kiptanui. The Kenyan has already notched up two impressive half marathon victories in 2018, winning the high-quality Lisbon and Berlin races earlier in the year, coming home in the German capital in a world-leading 58:42 to move up to number four on the world all-time list.

Kiptanui will be accompanied on his first trip to India by his training partner Daniel Kipchumba, who paced Kiptanui to 15 kilometres in Berlin. A few weeks later, Kipchumba stood on top of the podium himself after a win at the Verbania half marathon in Italy in 59:06.

Two-time TCS World 10K winner Alex Korio – whose best of 58:51 was set in the 2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon – has been a regular participant in Procam International events in recent years and has run in Delhi twice in the past, last in 2015, but has never faced either of his two compatriots in battle so the tactics between the three Kenyans will be fascinating to watch.

Representing Ethiopia will be two men who are better known as marathon runners but who can still boast of outstanding half marathon credentials.

Leul Gebresilase was second in the Dubai Marathon at the start of the year in 2:04:02 while Feyisa Lilesa won a memorable silver medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, their half marathon bests are 59:18 and 59:22 respectively.

Adding to the considerable global interest in the race, USA’s Leonard Korir and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson are also in the men’s elite field. Korir just missed the North and Central American record of 59:43 when he ran his personal best of 59:52 at this race last year while Robertson holds the Oceania area record with 59:47.

All the runners will have in mind the very good course records in Delhi.

The men’s mark is 59:06 and was set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adola in 2014 while the women’s course record has been standing since 2009 and belongs to Kenya’s Mary Keitany at 1:06:54.

The two fastest women in the ADHM elite field, Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui and Ethiopia’s 2016 ADHM winner Worknesh Degefa, will go head-to-head again after a memorable duel in the Prague Half Marathon back in April.

Kipkirui – who set a personal best of 1:05:07 in Ras Al Khaimah in January – prevailed by just one second on that occasion to take second place in the Czech capital and it’s certain that Degefa will have that in mind ahead of her fourth ADHM appearance.

Two other highly-rated Ethiopian women will also be on the start line in Delhi: Yeshaneh Ababel and Senbere Teferi.

Ababel was second at the ADHM 2017 and has since been victorious at the Istanbul and Yangzhou half marathons while Teferi, who will be making her half marathon debut, has won world championship medals on the track and at cross country in the past and will arrive in Delhi fresh from setting a 3000m personal best when representing Africa at the recent IAAF Continental Cup.

All the leading runners will also have in their sights first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$280,000.

Elite fields for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2018 (with personal bests):

MEN –
Eric Kiptanui           (KEN) 58:42
Alex Korio                (KEN) 58:51
Daniel Kipchumba (KEN) 59:06
Leul Gebresilase     (ETH) 59:18
Feyisa Lilesa            (ETH) 59:22
Zane Robertson      (NZL) 59:47
Moses Kurong        (UGA) 59:50
Andamlak Belihu   (ETH) 59:51
Leonard Korir         (USA) 59:52
Aron Kifle               (ERI) 1:00:31
Getaneh Molla      (ETH) 1:00:34
Betesfa Getahun  (ETH) 1:00:54

WOMEN –
Caroline Kipkirui    (KEN) 1:05:07
Worknesh Degefa   (ETH) 1:06:14
Yeshaneh Ababel    (ETH) 1:06:22
Zeineba Yimer         (ETH) 1:08:07
Shitaye Eshete        (BRN) 1:08:25
Salome Nyirarukundo (RWA) 1:08:48
Stacy Ndiwa            (KEN) 1:09:09
Darya Maslova       (KGZ) 1:11:06
Senbere Teferi        (ETH) debut
Tsehay Gemechu  (ETH) debut