World 10,000m bronze medallist, Margaret Chelimo will battle for honors at the 16th edition of the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on Sunday (23) in Valencia, Spain.
The 29 year-old who is the Kenya National Champion over the distance will have to get past her compatriot, Vicoty Chepngeno who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:05.03 that she got in January this year at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon where she took the honors.
The two Kenyans will also face-off with the 2019 African Games 5000m silver medallist Hawi Feysal from Ethiopia. Feysal comes to this race with a personal best of 1:05.41 that she got at last year’s Copenhagen Half Marathon where she took the silver medal. The 23 year-old is also the 2017 World junior Cross Country Championships Silver medallist .
The three have been assembled together to try and lower the race course record of 1:02.52 that was set last year by the first and only woman to hold four World Records simultaneously, Letesenbet Gidey from Ethiopia.
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.”
- Vicoty Chepngeno (KEN)1:05.03
- Margaret Chelimo (KEN) 1:05.26
- Hawi Feysa (ETH) 1:05.41
- Bosena Mulatie (ETH) 1:05.46
- Yasemin Can (TUR) 1:06.20
- Irine Kimais (KEN) 1:06.34
- Tsigie Gebreselama (ETH) 1:06.35
- Magdalena Shauri (TAN) 1:06.37
- Purity Komen (KEN) 1:07.10
- Samantha Harrison (GBR) 1:08.12
- Yuka Ando (JPN) 1:08.13
- Vivian Melly (KEN) 1:08.17
- Sarah Lahti (SWE) 1:08.19
- Agnes M. Ngolo (KEN) 1:09.15
- Etagegne Woldu (ETH) 1:09.22
- Carolina Wikström (SWE) 1:11.01
- Konstanze Klosterhalfen (GER) DEBUT