No half mea­sures for Kip­tum in Va­len­cia

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VA­LEN­CIA is now the home of the half-marathon. Af­ter Joy­ci­line Jep­kos­gei set a women’s world record in the Span­ish city last year, last week­end saw Abra­ham Kip­tum take the men’s world record.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, Va­len­cia also staged the IAAF World Half-Marathon Cham­pi­onships this year.

Jep­kos­gei’s world record came in the city’s an­nual Medio Mara­ton Va­len­cia 12 months ago with 64:51 and in the 2018 event on Sun­day Kip­tum ran 58:18 to beat Zerse­nay Tadese’s eight-year-old world mark by five sec­onds.

Kip­tum be­gan life as an elite dis­tance run­ner in the marathon with third place in Ra­bat in 2015 in 2:11:36 be­fore im­prov­ing to 2:05:26 for the run­ner-up spot in Am­s­ter­dam and a 2:06:29 vic­tory in the Daegu Marathon.

But over 13.1 miles he ran a 59:09 PB in Copen­hagen six weeks ago and then in Va­len­cia ran 10km splits of 28:02 and 27:16 to take the record (Re­sults, p46).

“I can’t be­lieve it, I’m over the moon,” said the 29-year-old. “Ob­vi­ously I knew I was in good shape be­cause I set a PB last month in Copen­hagen but I was ea­ger to run in Va­len­cia be­cause it’s one of the flat­test cir­cuits I’ve ever run and I was con­fi­dent of im­prov­ing on my best.”

An­other Kenyan, Mark Kip­too, ran a world M40 record of 2:07:50 in the Frank­furt Marathon.

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