Kandie shatters world half marathon record
he men's race was a tight one which saw the first five finishers run a world record breaking pace till the 19km mark and the top four running inside the previous record.
Kenya's Kibiwott Kandie timed a record breaking 57:32 to win Valencia Half Marathon on Sunday morning in Spain.
The military man becomes the first person to run sub-58 minutes over the distance. He erased his compatriot's (Geoffrey Kamworor) year-old record by 29 seconds.
The men's race was a tight one which saw the first five finishers run a world record breaking pace till the 19km mark and the top four running inside the previous record. The next kilometer Kandie and world champion Kiplimo pulled away. The two exchanged leads but this time, the former was stronger and more calculative and carried the day. Kiplimo clocked 57:37 for the second position.
The event was further colored by youngster Rhonex Kipruto half marathon debut performance of 57:49 to seal the medal positions and post the fastest maiden appearance in history of the distance. Alexander Mutiso was fourth having timed 57:59
In the women's half marathon, Kenya's Sheila Chepkurui was second and shared the podium with Ethiopians.
Chepkurui clocked 1:05:39 for the second place behind Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba who tore the tape in 1:05:18 in her maiden half marathon event. Dibaba becomes the 12th fastest woman to cover the 21.1km. Her countryman Sendere Teferi was third in 1:05:51.