Copenhagen is the place to pursue the world record over the half marathon distance, and two contestants are now confirmed for the CPH Half in September.
“I’m coming to Copenhagen to set a new world record,”
announces the 28-Year-Old Kenyan Erick Kiptanui who is now confirmed to line up at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on September 16.
And indeed, Kiptanui is very likely to be able to put weight behind his words, as earlier this year, he clocked a 58.42 win at the Berlin half Marathon – 19 seconds short of the current world record and a mere two seconds from the fastest half marathon time in seven years. A time, which was set by Abraham Cheroben, the defending CPH Half champ, who will also be returning to the Danish capital to claim his second consecutive win.
Kiptanui meets defending CPH Half champ
Abraham Cheroben will also be in the line up on September 16, and he will be running for victory.
“In my opinion, the Copenhagen Half Marathon is the place to run a fast time. I had a fantastic race last year, and I will return to win once again,” says defending champion Cheroben.
Apart from Cheroben and Kiptanui, Alex Korio is also confirmed to compete in Copenhagen.
Korio finished third last year clocking a time of 58.51 to become one of three runners to dip under 59 minutes at the CPH Half, which was nothing short of a historical achievement.
Condititions are as favourable as they get
Naturally, a world record is never guaranteed, since it requires everything to come together on race day.
However, three runners with sub 59 minutes personal bests – all of which have been set within the last year – and a course such as the CPH Half, conditions are as favourable as they get.
“Copenhagen has one of the world’s fastest courses. We saw this both at the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and at the CPH Half. Furthermore, the timing of the CPH Half is excellent just before many of the major fall marathons, and with a broad elite field led by Cheroben and Kiptanui, we have all the ingredients for a fantastic time, provided weather is good”, says Geoff Wightman, a long-time race announcer at major events such as the IAAF World Athletics Championships and London Marathon.
Thus it seems everything is set for another strike at the world record in Copenhagen.