The Valencia Half-Marathon consolidates its position as the world‘s fastest with Kiptum’s victory (58:18)

28 October, 2018

The Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Half-Marathon has set a new Men’s World Record. Abraham Kiptum, the first athlete to reach the Finishing Line in Valencia — ‘The Running City’ — ran the race in a breathtaking 58:18, setting the fastest ever international time over 21,097.5 metres, breaking the previous World Record set by Zersenay Tadese (58:23, Lisbon 2010).


Valencia consolidates its position as the world’s fastest city for the 21-kilometre trial. After both the Women’s World Record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei (1:04:51) in the last Valencia Half-Marathon, and the World Record set in the Women’s Half-Marathon (Gudeta Kebede, 1:06:11), Abraham Kiptum’s triumph in setting a new Men’s World Record for the 21-kilometre race shows that Valencia is the world’s fastest city for both sexes over this distance.


Ten athletes run the race in under an hour

Together with Kiptum, Jemal Yimer Mekonnen (58:33), Abadi Hadis Embaye (58:44), Amdamlak Belihu Berta (59:19), Stephen Kiprop (59:21), Bernard Kipkorir Ngeno (59:22), Elhassan Elabbassi (59:27), Simon Cheprot (59:28), Abel Kipchumba (59:29), and Joshpat Boit (59:42) all ran the race in under an hour in what is Spain’s best half marathon for the eighth year in a row.

Gelete Burka wins the Valencia Half-Marathon 2018 in the women’s category

Gelete Burka Bati was the winner of the 28th edition of the Valencia-Trinidad Alfonso EDP Half-Marathon in the women’s category with a time of 1:06:11. Following hot on her heels in the world’s fastest half marathon were Alia Mohammed Saeed (1:06:13) and Edith Chelimo (1:06:18).

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