Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo finished 2nd in the Valencia Half Marathon with a time of 57:37, just 5 seconds behind winner Kibwott Kandie of Kenya (57:32).
Kibiwott Kandie Sunday led Kiplimo home in world record time to win the Valencia Half Marathon in a reverse of the World Championship result from October.
Kandie, Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso all finished the race in under 58 minutes, bettering the existing record of 58:01 set by Geoffrey Kamworor in Copenhagen in September 2019.
Kenya’s Kandie finished in 57:32, taking more than a minute off his previous personal record of 58:37.
Ugandan Kiplimo and Kandie’s compatriot Mutiso also lowered their own personal bests by similar margins, while it was Kipruto’s debut over the distance.
Although he finished second, Kiplimo was able to break the National record he previously set this year in October when he triumphed at the World Half Marathon in Gdynia, Poland in 58:49.
Then, he erased Geoffrey Kusuro’s time of 59:43 which he had set in 2015 at the Roma Half Marathon.