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The best group of half-marathoners that the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon has ever had

7 October, 2016

Some of the fastest runners in the world will take part in the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon, which was awarded IAAF Road Race Gold Label and it was also the fastest half marathon both for men and women in 2014 and 2015. Ten athletes whose times are under one hour will compete in Valencia, among them Abraham Cheroben, who won the past two editions. The Kenyan runner who holds the actual race record (58:48) will try to win his third consecutive crown in the Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon.

However, it will be more difficult for Cheroben to win this time. There are other favourites in this edition: the Kenyan Solomon Kirwa Yego with 58:44 in the 2016 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon (world record of the season) and Stephen Kosgei Kibet, whose time was 58:54 in the 2014 The Hague Half Marathon. All the men who will compete in Valencia are great, among them the Ethiopian Guye Adola (59:06 in New Delhi), the winner in Usti Barselius Kypyego (59:15) and the record holder in 10K and 15K, Leonard Patrick Komon.

The best group of women ever seen in Valencia

Valencia will not only host the best male runners but it will also be the place where the best female athletes compete. The current winner of the race, Netsanet Gudeta Kebede, will have to try her best to repeat last year’s victory. The favourite runner of this edition is Violah Jepchumba, a Kenyan athlete who holds the world record this year with 1:05:51 in the Prague Half Marathon 2016 and who has not been beaten yet this season.

Expectiations are even greater since the World Half Marathon Champion, Peres Jepchirchir, who won the gold medal in Cardiff last March, will also compete in Valencia. The silver medal of the 2015 Valencia Half Marathon, Worknesh Degefa Debele, who is one of the favourites, will also run with them. The current gold medal of the Trinidad Alfonos Valencia Marathon, Beata Naigambo, will compete in the Half Marathon too.

The Trinidad Alfonso Valencia Half Marathon is organized by SD Correcaminos with the support of the Trinidad Alfonso Foundation.

  Athlete Country PB     Athlete Country PB
M YEGO Solomon Kirwa KEN 58:44 W JEPCHUMBA Violah KEN 1:05:51
M CHEROBEN, Abraham BHN 58:48 W DEBELE Worknesh Degefa ETH 1:06:14
M KIBET, Stephen Kosgei KEN 58:54 W JEPCHIRCHIR Peres KEN 1:06:39
M ADOLA, Guye ETH 59:06 W KEBEDE Netsanet Gudeta ETH 1:07:31
M IDEMO, Guye Adola ETH 59:06 W CHELIMO, Rose KEN 1:08:08
M KIPYEGO Barselius KEN 59:15 W YATOR Gladys Jepkemoi KEN 1:08:39
M ALEMU, Hunegnaw Mesfin ETH 59:39 W YUKA Ando JPN 1:09:51
M KOMON, Leonard Patrick KEN 59:14 W KIYOTA Mao JPN 1:10:31
M KUSURO Geofrey UGA 59:43 W HAO Xiofan CHN 1:11:24
M YEGON Geoffrey KEN 59:44 W HE Yinli CHN 1:11:34
M KETER Kenneth KEN 59:48 W NAIGAMBO Beata NAM 1:12:05
M ROTICH Edwin Kipsang KEN 59:59
M EL AZIZ Mustapha MAR 1:00:39
M KIMITEI Wilfred Kimeli KEN 1:02:10
M MOEN Sordre Nordstad NOR 1:02:19
M GITHAE Michael Mugo KEN 1:02:27
M EL HACHIMI Abdelhadi BEL 1:03:49
M MANNINEN Henri Jarkko FIN 1:04:13
M MENGESHA Gelalcha Girma ETH

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