Kibiwott Kandie smashed the previous world record of 58:01 by Geoffrey Kamworor to win the half marathon race in Valencia, while Half marathon record holder Jepchirchir clocked a personal best of 2:17:16 to beat former world record holder Jepkosgei to the finish line.
Wilson Kwambai Chebet upset Boston and Chicago marathon champion Lawrence Cherono at the tail-end of the men’s marathon, while Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo clocked 57:37 which is below his personal best.
Kandie beat Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo, who beat him to the title at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland in October. World Under 20 10,000m champion Rhonex who was debuting over the distance, Kipruto finished in 57:49.
In the women’s race, world half marathon record holder Jepchirchir led a 1-2 Kenyan finish ahead of former record holder Joycilline Jepkosgei.
Jepchirchir finished in a personal best of 2:17:16 to set a new course record in the Spanish city ahead of Jepkosgei who also clocked a personal best of 2:18:40. Ethiopian Zeineba Yimer finished third in 2:19:54.
In the women’s half marathon, Sheila Chepkirui finished second in 1:05:39, behind Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba who won the race in 1:05:18.
Kenya’s Dorcas Tuitoek (1:07:18) and Brenda Jepleting (1:08:47) finished in fourth and sixth, respectively.
The dominance was redemption for Kenya after a disappointing night at Saturday’s World Athletics Awards where all Kenyan nominees left empty-handed.