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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).

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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.

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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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