Commonwealth Games 10,000 metre bronze medallist Kibiwott Kandie tops the elite entry list for the 2022 Valencia Half Marathon happening Sunday, October 23.

Kandie broke the world record in the half marathon in 2020 running 57 minutes and 32 seconds. The record has since been lowered by Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo to 57:31, in Lisbon last year. Kandie’s continues to be the Kenyan national record.

Valencia offers a very fast course and organizers work hard to entice a deep field.

Eleven men on the elite list have run sub-60 all within the last three years. Twenty-five have gone sub-62.

Expect several national records to be broken and possibly the world record.

Elite men:

PBNameCountryBirth dateLocation of pb
0:57:32Kibiwott KandieKEN20.06.1996Valencia 2020
0:58:02Sebastian SaweKEN16.03.1995Roma 2022
0:58:26Daniel MateikoKEN04.08.1999Valencia 2021
0:58:28Kennedy KimutaiKEN03.06.1999Valencia 2021
0:58:30Rodgers KwemoiKEN03.03.1998Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 2022
0:58:58Milkesa MengeshaETH16.04.2000Copenhagen 2022
0:59:05Yomif KejelchaETH01.08.1997Valencia 2019
0:59:07Bernard NgenoKEN10.08.1996Valencia 2019
0:59:13Julien WandersSUI18.03.1996Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 2019
0:59:36Alfred BarkachKEN02.03.1997Herzogenaurach (GER) 2022
0:59:38Ronald KiruiKEN06.12.1998Madrid 2021
1:00:00Callum HawkinsGBR22.06.1992Marugame (JPN) 2017
1:00:30Isaac KipkemboiKEN12.11.1994Venlo (NED) 2018
1:00:31Jake SmithGBR19.05.1998Gdynia (POL) 2020
1:00:37Edward CheserekKEN02.02.1994New York, NY (USA) 2022
1:00:44Kirubel ErassaUSA17.06.1993Houston, TX (USA) 2022
1:00:52Boniface KibiwottKEN04/06/1993København (DEN) 2022
1:00:57Weldon LangatKEN24.02.1998Praha (CZE) 2022
1:01:03Abbabiya SimbassaUSA30.06.1993Houston, TX (USA) 2022
1:01:16Emile CairessGBR27.12.1997Gent (BEL) 2022
1:01:32Carlos Díaz del RíoCHI09.07.1993Gdynia (POL) 2020
1:01:36Pietro RivaITA01.05.1997Berlin, 2022
1:01:38Benjamin FlanaganCAN11.01.1995Houston, TX (USA) 2022
1:01:40David NilssonSWE16.04.1987Gdynia (POL) 2020
1:01:51Paulos SurafelGBR12.01.1997Gent (BEL) 2022
1:02:04Jack RoweGBR30.01.1996London 2022
1:02:11Parker StinsonUSA03.03.1992Houston, TX (USA) 2019
1:02:15Abdi HakinDEN06.14.1991Valencia 2018
1:02:16Edward GoddardAUS24.10.1997Launceston 2020
1:02:14Cam LevinsCAN28.03.1989Houston, TX (USA) 2020
1:02:43Dieter KerstenBEL25.10.1996Dresden, 2021
1:02:53Emil Millán de la OlivaSWE24.07.2001Gdynia (POL) 2020
1:02:59Adam ClarkeGBR03.04.1991Valencia, 2021
DEBUTTadese WorkuETH20.01.200210K 26:56 Herzogenaurach (GER) 2021
DEBUTArnaud DelyBEL22.01.199710K 28:22 Valencia (ESP)
DEBUTLaban KiplimoKEN05.01.9310K 27:33 Praga (CZE)

Vicoty Chepngeno tops the women’s field with her best of 65:03 from the 2022 Houston Half Marathon run in January this year.

The Kenyan 28-year-old will have fellow Kenyan Margeret Chelimo on her heels who owns a best of 65:26 from Barcelona this year.

The two athletes have the 20th and 21st fastest times in history. Currently, the world record is held by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey at 62:52 from Valencia two years ago. It is unlikely that Gidey’s world record will be touched, but all bets are off with the advent of super shoes, that seem to affect each athlete differently, and typically to the better.

The two top-seeded athletes may however break the current Kenyan national record which is held by Ruth Chepngetich at 64:02 from Istanbul two years ago.

Four women on the elite list have run under 66-minutes. Fifteen of the 16 listed have run sub-70.

Elite women

1:05:03Vicoty ChepngenoKEN12.11.1993Houston, TX (USA) 2022
1:05:26Margaret ChelimoKEN09.02.1993Barcelona (ESP) 2022
1:05:41Hawi FeysaETH01.02.1999Copenhagen (DEN) 2021
1:05:46Bosena MulatieETH21.11.2001Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 2022
1:06:20Yasemin CanTUR11.12.1996Gdynia (POL) 2020
1:06:34Irine KimaisKEN10.10.1998Berlín (GER) 2022
1:06:35Tsigie GebreselamaETH30.09.2000Copenhague (DEN) 2022
1:06:37Magdalena ShauriTAN25.02.1996Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 2020
1:07:10Purity KomenKEN01.05.1998Lille (FRA) 2022
1:08:12Samantha HarrisonGBR01.02.1995Berlín (GER) 2022
1:08:13Yuka AndoJPN16.03.1994Yamaguchi (JPN) 2022
1:08:17Vivian MellyKEN19.06.2002Herzogenaurach (GER) 2022
1:08:19Sarah LahtiSWE18.02.1995Valencia (ESP) 2021
1:09:15Agnes M. NgoloKEN24.10.1995Dar es-Salam (TAN) 2022
1:09:22Etagegne WolduETH10.05.1996Estambul (TUR) 2018
1:11:01Carolina WikströmSWE04.09.1993Paris (FRA) 2022
DEBUTKonstanze KlosterhalfenGER18.02.19975K 14:30 Boston (USA)

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