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Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum and Ethiopian Amane Beriso finished near the respective men’s and women’s marathon world records in the 2022 Valencia Marathon Sunday.
Fastest marathon debut ever by Letesenbet Gidey ⭐️— NN Running Team (@NNRunningTeam) December 4, 2022
2:16:49 in the streets of Valencia! 🇪🇸#NNRunningTeam pic.twitter.com/8iOxEuVRU6
Kiptum won the men’s race in the time of 2:01:53, which is the fastest debut in history. He broke the race open with a move at 32 kilometres.
The 23-year-old ran the fastest second half of a marathon ever, recording a 60:15 and 28:05 from 30-40k.
He is the third athlete to break the 2:02 benchmark behind only Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele.
In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey was expected to challenge Brigid Kosgei’s world record of 2:14:04 in her debut.
THe 24-year-old was on 2:14:10 pace up to 30k. However, surprisingly, Gidey was up against 31-year-old fellow Ethiopian Amane Beriso.
Beriso broke Gidey over the final kms and ended up winning in near world record pace going 2:14:58 to move to third on the world all-time list. Gidey faded over the final kms however, the debutant held on for a strong second-place finish in the time of 2:16:49. Gidey’s performance was also the fastest debut ever.