Kibiwott Kandie broke the Half Marathon world record in 57:32. (Olympicchannel.com)

The year of the COVID-19 pandemic might be coming to an end soon, but the world of athletics is still breaking down world records.

Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie broke the 21km finish line and the world record in 57:32 at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain yesterday. In fact, the top four men who completed the race – Kandie, Kiplimo, Rhonex Kipruto, and Alexander Mutiso, all broke the current world record of 58:01 by Geoffrey Kamworor recorded earlier in September 2019.

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24-year-old Kandie took more than a minute off his previous personal record of 58:37. However, the world will wait with bated breath until his new record has been subjected to World Athletics’ usual ratification processes.

In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba won the women’s race in 1:05:18 creating a new course record. She only narrowly missed the women’s world record in a mixed race (1:04.31) currently held by Ababel Yeshaneh.

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Half Marathon

TOP MEN 
1 Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) 57:32
2 Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 57:37
3 Rhonex Kipruto (KEN) 57:49
4 Alexander Mutiso (KEN) 57:59
5 Philemon Kiplimo (KEN) 58:11
6 Kelvin Kiptum (KEN) 58:42
7 Bravin Kipkogei Kiptoo (KEN) 59:37
8 Julien Wanders (SUI) 59:55
9 Carlos Mayo (ESP) 1:00:06
10 Gabriel Geay (TAN) 1:00:40

TOP WOMEN 
1 Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 1:05:18
2 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN 1:05:39
3 Senbere Teferi (ETH) 1:05:51
4 Dorcas Tuitoek (KEN) 1:07:18

Source: Olympic Channel