The world’s strongest female field, a Norwegian top athlete and a male elite field with the strength to, yet again, chase the world record are on top of next year’s wish list for the organisers of the Copenhagen Half Marathon.
The organisers of the Copenhagen Half Marathon have a clear vision for the 4th annual race edition, which is held on the 16th of September 2018. At the line up they want nothing short of the world’s strongest female elite field.
“We have proved that our course is fast and that a world record is definitely within reach in the Danish capital. In 2018 we will chase both the female and the male world record and gather the world’s strongest female elite field,” says Henrik Paulsen, Sports Director for the CPH Half.
Paulsen has good reasons to be optimistic. Copenhagen Half Marathon had the top three fastest times in the world in 2017, and this should be able to attract the top athletes to the Danish capital.
Female equivalent to Usain Bolt
At the top of the wish list is Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, who can best be described as the equivalent to Usain Bolt in the sense that she broke world record after world record this year.
“It would be amazing to have her at the line up, and we are definitely working on that. She has had an outstanding year and there can be no doubt that she would be able to run a potential world record time in Copenhagen,” says Henrik Paulsen, who also has his hopes set that this year’s three sub-67 female runners will be back next year.
“The men got most of the attention in 2017 because they got so close to the world record, but the women’s race was also very strong. The top three women placed themselves into the top 10 of fastest half marathon times in the world in 2017. If they return in 2018 to compete with Joyceline Jepkosgei, the female elite field will be close to being the strongest in the world,“ says Henrik Paulsen.
For the last couple of years, the world record has been chased at the Copenhagen Half Marathon, and with a winning time of 58.40, Abraham Cheroben missed it by a mere 17 seconds this year.
“There can be no doubt that is it possible to beat the world record in Copenhagen. Whether it’s going to happen in 2018 we don’t know, but the elite field has the quality to do so. Needless to say, we aim to have the strongest field possible and hopefully this year’s champion will be back in 2018 to once again prove himself as the fastest on the distance.”
The organisers would also very much like to see a Norwegian runner at the startling line.
“Sondre Nordstad Moen of Norway has clocked a 59:48 over the half marathon distance this year. That makes him the fastest European in 2017 and all-time third fastest overall. We would very much like to see him in Copenhagen on September 16th, and it is not unlikely that we will,” says Henrik Paulsen.
About the CPH Half
Registration for the CPH Half 2018, which is held on Sunday September 16th, opened on December 1st with 25,000 spots available.
The CPH Half is organised by the Danish Athletics Federation and Sparta Athletics & Running, powered by Nordea-fonden and partnered by the City of Frederiksberg, the City of Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark and Wonderful Copenhagen.