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Eight of the ten fastest men’s times in history are in the Valencia Half Marathon

26 October, 2021

From today, the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP has the privilege of being the only race that currently holds the men’s and women’s world record at its distance, but that is not all. The 21K organised by the SD Correcaminos holds eight of the 10 best half marathon times in history for men and three in the women’s ranking. 

Kibiwott Kandie’s time in the 2020 Elite Edition remains the world record with his unbeaten 57:32. After him, second, third and fourth place go to Jacob Kiplimo (57:37), Rhonex Kipruto (57:49) and Alexander Mutiso (57:59), all achieved in Valencia City of Running in 2020.

In sixth and seventh place are Abel Kipchumba (58:07) and Rhonex Kipruto (58:09), respectively, in eighth place is Philemon Kiplimo (58:11) in the Elite Edition and Daniel Mateiko with his 58:26 on Sunday closes the ranking.

Abel Kipchumba’s time was also the world best time for 2021, bettering the record he himself had held since September in Herzogenaurach, Germany (58:48). In fact, the top seven in Valencia last Sunday improved on that record.

Much more than a women’s world record

In the women’s category, Valencia takes the first two places on the podium thanks to Letesenbet Gidey’s world record in the 30th Valencia Half Marathon and Yalemzerf Yehualaw’s 1:02:52 – who also beat the previous world record – with 1:03:51. In addition, in eighth place we find Joyciline Jepkosgei who set the world record in this race in 2017 with 1:04:51.

Moreover, the combined time of the male and female winner is the best ever obtained in the same race, 2h00:59 (58:07 + 1:02:52), beating the combined time of the 2020 Elite Edition (2h02:50).

Best national times for the half marathon

In terms of national records, four were broken, namely the German men’s record by Amanal Petros (1:00:09), the Djibouti men’s record broken by Ibrahim Hassan (1:00:10) – beating Ahmed Salah Hussein’s mythical record that has stood for more than two decades -, the Maltese men’s record by Dillon Cassar (1:06:11) and the Swedish women’s record by Sarah Lahti (1:08:17).

There were also more Spaniards under 1h03:00 than ever in history, seven, and eleven under 1h05:00.

Men’s half marathon world ranking

RAN TIME ATHLETE CTRY PLACE DATE
1 57:32 Kibiwott KANDIE KEN Valencia (ESP) 06 DEC 2020
2 57:37 Jacob KIPLIMO UGA Valencia (ESP) 06 DEC 2020
3 57:49 Rhonex KIPRUTO KEN Valencia (ESP) 06 DEC 2020
4 57:59 Alexander MUTISO KEN Valencia (ESP) 06 DEC 2020
5 58:01 Geoffrey KAMWOROR KEN Copenague (DEN) 15 SEP 2019
6 58:07 Abel KIPCHUMBA KEN Valencia (ESP) 24 OCT 2021
7 58:09 Rhonex KIPRUTO KEN Valencia (ESP) 24 OCT 2021
8 58:11 Philemon KIPLIMO KEN Valencia (ESP) 06 DEC 2020
9 58:23 Zersenay TADESE ERI Lisbon (POR) 21 MAR 2010
10 58:26 Daniel MATEIKO KEN Valencia (ESP) 24 OCT 2021

Women’s half marathon world ranking

RAN TIME ATHLETE CTRY PLACE DATE
1 1:02:52 Letesenbet GIDEY ETH Valencia (ESP) 24 OCT 2021
2 1:03:51 Yalemzerf YEHUALAW ETH Valencia (ESP) 24 OCT 2021
3 1:04:02 Ruth CHEPNGETICH KEN Istambul (TUR) 04 APR 2021
4 1:04:31 Ababel YESHANEH ETH Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 21 FEB 2020
5 1:04:40 Yalemzerf YEHUALAW ETH Istambul (TUR) 04 APR 2021
6 1:04:46 Yalemzerf YEHUALAW ETH New Delhi (IND) 29 NOV 2020
7 1:04:49 Brigid KOSGEI KEN Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 21 FEB 2020
8 1:04:51 Joyciline JEPKOSGEI KEN Valencia (ESP) 22 OCT 2017
9 1:04:51 Hellen OBIRI KEN Istambul (TUR) 04 APR 2021
10 1:04:52 Joyciline JEPKOSGEI KEN Prague (CZE) 01 APR 2017

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