Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie smashed the half marathon world record by 29 seconds on Sunday, hence becoming the first person to break 58 minutes at the Valencia Half Marathon.
Kandie finished the Spanish annual race in 57 minutes and 32 seconds and broke the previous record of 58:01 set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in Copenhagen in September 2019. The runner led Jacob Kiplimo home in world record time to win the Valencia Half Marathon after coming in second at the world half marathon championship held in Gdynia earlier in October. The top four men, Kandie, Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso all finished the race in under the previous world best of 58:01 set by Geoffrey Kamworor with Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda finishing second in 57:37, Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto third in 57:49, and Kenyan Alexander Mutiso taking fourth place in 57:59. Kandie, 24, took more than a minute off his previous personal record and led the chasing pack which included reigning world champion Kiplimo through the 15 – kilometer mark in 41:10. The pair traded the lead over the next six km before Kandie made the decisive move and finished more than a minute off his personal best. Mutiso and Kiplimo also lowered their own personal bests while Kipruto debuted over the distance. This is the fourth time Kandie ran sub-59 minutes in 2020, having also done that at the Ras Al Khaimah, Prague, and Gdynia half marathons.
Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba won the women’s race in a course record of 1:05:18, setting the fastest time for a debut over the distance. The women’s world record in a mixed-race of 1:04:31 is currently held by Ababel Yeshaneh who set it in RAK earlier this year.