Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie, ran a blistering 57:32 to slash 29 seconds off Kamworor’s World Half Marathon record in Valencia today, which itself was barely a year old. In the process, he gained revenge on Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, who defeated Kandie to win the World Half Marathon title in October and finished second here in 57:37, also well under Kamworor’s mark. Post-race, Kandie said, “To break Geoffrey Kamworor’s record by 30 seconds is a very great achievement and I’m glad to make Kenya very happy.”
21-year-old Rhonex Kipruto, who ran 26:24 for 10k in January to break the road world record — also in Valencia — ran 57:49 in his debut to take third. And Kenyan Alexander Mutiso — a new face on the course , also took 70 seconds off his personal best to run 57:59 for fourth.