VALENCIA 2020 HALF MARATHON WORLD RECORD BY KIBIWOTT KANDIE 57:32. AND SECOND BEST SPANISH TIME IN HISTORY 1.00.06 BY CARLOS MAYO.

HALF MARATHON WORLD RECORD IN VALENCIA: Kibiwott Kandie performed yesterday a fantastic time 57:32. Our MARATHON section travels to Valencia, where yesterday we have lived the best half marathon in history. In addition to the Kandie record, three other men have dropped from the previous world record: Jacob Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto and Alexander Mutiso.

In women, the winner has been Genzebe Dibaba with a time of 1h05:18. Another highlight of the day, was the great race of the Spanish athlete Carlos Mayo, the second best Spanish time in history, with 1h00.06, only surpassed by the legendary Fabián Roncero and his 59.32 that in 2001 gave him the European record that remained until 2015.

HALF MARATHON WORLD RECORD VALENCIA: KIBIWOTT KANDIE 57.32

Valencia has lived the best half marathon in history. Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie has pulverized the half marathon world record with a 57:32 time. It was a spectacular race, where the top four athletes have dropped from 58 minutes. In addition, the women’s victory co 1h05.18 went to Ethiopian Genzere Dibaba, debutant in the distance. This mark places it at the top15 of all time. To complete the party, another debutante, the Spaniard Carlos Mayo with 1h00.06 has achieved the second best time in our history. Let’s go with the details:

Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie with his 57:32 has set a new world record. He did it today in the Valencia Elite Edition Half Marathon, a race only for professional athletes. He has run faster in no less than twenty-nine seconds the 58:01 that compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor achieved last year in Copenhagen. On a totally flat and windy circuit, elite athletes have simply flown on Valencian asphalt in a new demonstration that the capital of Turia is increasingly the world’s great benchmark for running.

Kibiwott Kandie fit Adizero Adios Pro. The Kenyan has broken the world record in the Half Marathon in Valencia with a time of 57 minutes and 32 seconds carrying Adizero Adios Pro with the new color “electric yellow”, the fastest Adidas shoe in its history.

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In women, the winner has been Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba with a time of 1h05:18, followed by Kenyan Sheila Chepkirui with 1h05:39 and 2019 winner Senbere Teferi with 1:05:51. It should be noted that if Dibaba, already everything on the track, today faced his first experience in the half marathon that has closed very brilliantly with the thirteenth best time in history.

HALF MARATHON VALENCIA 2020: THE BEST EVER.

In this 2020 edition so different because of the safety measures and protocols motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in a very small race only with elite athletes, it has run more than ever in history. Kandie’s victory is a new global brand after surpassing Kamworor’s 58:01 record in Copenhagen in 2019.

In addition, three other men have run below the previous world record: Recent distance world champion in Gdynia, Ugandés Jacob Kiplimo (57:37), Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto (57.49) becoming the greatest debutant in history and compatriot Alexander Mutiso (57.59), the four below Kamworor’s world record. Without a doubt, today’s test has confirmed that the Valencian circuit is the best in the world to achieve great times.

CARLOS MAY: SECOND BEST SPANISH TIME IN HISTORY 1H00.06

Carlos Mayo has achieved the second best time in history in half marathon with 1h00:06. The great news of the Valencia Half Marathon for Spanish athletics was given by this Aragonese. According to RFEA itself, although he did not compete since the beginning of March when he proclaimed himself Spanish Corss Country Champion. Even though it was his debut in this distance among the recent Spanish times, Carlos has reduced the one achieved by Juan Antonio ‘Chiki’ Pérez (1h01:30) last year in this same race.

The Aragonese, who lamented that in the first part he had gone slow. Despite this, he gradually entered a run with the company of the Segovian Javi Guerra. It wasn’t until km 15 that he stayed alone. From there, he expanded his pace in the final kilometers until achieving that great timing that opened a new Spanish hope for the asphalt runs. Not far came the Segovian in 1:01:21 lowering his PB in seventeen seconds. The third Spaniard was the debutant Andreu Blanes (1:03:41) with Alberto Sánchez Pinilla very close (1:04:50) and Ignacio Giménez closing the quintet with 1:04:50.

To find a better Spanish time, you have to go back no less than Fabián Roncero’s mythical 59.52 in 2001. A mythical European Record for Spain, for whom for many years it was the best non-African runner in the world in this specialty. No less than fourteen years was in fact his European record, set on 1 April 2001 by Roncero in Berlin with a time of 59:52. It wasn’t until 2015 that he could be overtaken, by Sir Mo Farah.

In the women’s category, the first Spanish national has been the debutant María José Pérez, of CA Serrano, has been the first to cross the line in 1h12:57. The Manchega María José Pérez, has made her debut in a big way, ahead of the international in Gdynia just over two months ago Laura Méndez (1.13.34) and third Elena García Grimau (1:13.34).

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