Elite Field Preview for the 2023 Valencia Half Marathon

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Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso Zurich remains the fastest half marathon in the world due to its record time of 1:02:52 set by Letesenbet Gidey in 2021. With Kibiwott Kandie's extraordinary time of 57:32 in 2020, it stands as the second fastest time for men. An elite group of international athletes will once again take part in this year's edition on October 22.

The women's elite field is poised to chase the world record set in 2021, with a strong lineup of athletes. Leading the charge are four runners who have clocked sub-1:06 times. Among them are Melat Kejeta (GER, 1:05:18), the current European record holder over the half marathon distance, alongside Margaret Chelimo (KEN, 1:05:26), Gotytom Gebreslase (ETH, 1:05:36), and Tsigie Gebreselama (ETH, 1:05:46). Additionally, ten other athletes with sub-1:10 times over the 21.0795-kilometer distance complete the initial list of confirmed participants (refer to the table for details).

In the men's race, fans can expect to see familiar faces who have triumphed at the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso Zurich in the past. Former winners such as Kibiwott Kandie (KEN, 57:32) and Yomif Kejelcha (ETH, 58:32) are among the favorites. They are joined by a formidable group of runners who have achieved times under 59 minutes, including Matthew Kimeli (KEN, 58:43), Tadese Worku (ETH, 58:47), Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH, 58:55), and Sebastian Sawe (KEN, 58:58).

Event director Marc Roig expresses his anticipation for the event, saying, "Valencia proves once again to be the race of choice for the world's elite athletes looking to break records." Marc Roig, the coach of the international elite for the Valencia Half Marathon, adds, "The return of last year's winners in the men's category is a testament to the race's popularity. We expect to witness remarkable records, national records, and potentially the fastest world records of the year for both men and women."

The redesigned route of the Valencian course continues to provide the perfect platform for outstanding performances. This race, with its long-standing reputation at the top level of international competition, remains committed to both experienced athletes and promising newcomers to maintain its tradition of sporting excellence. Stay tuned for the announcement of leading national and international runners in the coming days.


Melat Kejeta1:05:18GER
M. Chelimo1:05:26KEN
G. Gebreslase1:05:36ETH
Ftaw Zeray1:06:06ETH
Nigsti Haftu1:06:17ETH
Yalemget Yaregal1:06:27ETH
Tigist Gezahagn1:06:41ETH
J. Chepngetich1:06:42KEN
S. Harrison1:07:17GBR
Lemlem Hailu1:08:50ETH
Lauren Hagans1:09:46USA
Mekdes Woldu1:09:43FRA


K. Kandie0:57:32KEN
Yomif Kejelcha0:58:32ETH
Mathew Kimeli0:58:43KEN
Tadese Worku0:58:47ETH
Hagos Gebrhiwet0:58:55ETH
S. Sawe0:58:58KEN
Bravin Kiprop0:59:22KEN
Patrick Mosin0:59:31KEN
Brian Kwemoi0:59:37KEN
Hillary Kipkoech0:59:41KEN
Erick Sang0:59:50KEN
Weldon Langat0:59:55KEN
Laban Kiplimo1:00:13KEN
Kelvin Kibiwott1:00:14KEN
A. Simbassa1:00:37USA
Selemon Barega1:00:39ETH
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