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World half marathon record holder Kibiwott Kandie defended his Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Cross Country title at the Moi Air Base in Nairobi on Friday. He demonstrated that he is in fine form, as he smiled crossing the line eight seconds in front of the second-place finisher.

Kandie, won in the time of 29:24 and Collins Koros finished second in the time of 29:32 Eric Kiptanui stopped the clock at 29:40 for third.

Next up for Kandia is the national cross country title in March at the Ngong Racecourse.

Kandie will be racing against a stacked international field at the 2021 RAK Half Marathon in February.

The 24-year-old smashed the men’s half-marathon world record on Dec. 6 in Valencia, Spain. He took a whopping 29 seconds of the previous record to become the first person to trun the distance under 58-minutes. Kandie stopped the clock at 57:32. From the sublime to the ridiculous, a total of four men finished faster than the previous world record. 

The 15th edition of the RAK Half Marathon will take place on Feb. 19 on Al Marjan Island — organisers are calling it the “World’s Fastest Half Marathon”. This is a tall task after the 2020 Valencia Half Marathon.