PRM / Strongest elite field in decades announced for the Copenhagen Half Marathon

30. august 2018 10:52 | Af: Ritzau Info

The level of the elite field at the 4th annual edition of the Copenhagen Half Marathon on September 16 has sparked a stir. CPH Half could indeed go on to become the race of decades

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“In the world of running, it is said that CPH Half is going to be the most exciting half marathon in decades. An elite field boasting 17 sub-60 men, three out of four of the fastest half marathon runners over the past six years, and four out of the top-five IAAF ranked road runners, is proof of an extremely high level. Actually, I don’t think we have seen anything like this in many years,” says Jakob Larsen, director of the Danish Athletics Federation and member of the IAAF Road Race Commission.

Men’s elite summary

In the men’s division, the odds favour the defending CPH Half champ, Abraham Cheroben, who set a 2017 world lead time in the streets of Copenhagen when breaking the tape in 58:40. The other major favourite is this year’s Berlin Half Marathon champion, Erick Kiptanui, who has announced that he will be attacking the world record in Copenhagen.

Due to the mind-boggling elite level, Jemal Yimer Mekonnen of Ethiopia, who boasts the world’s third-fastest half marathon time and an impressive 59 minutes dash set earlier this year, must see himself left outside of the favourites to take the win among a field stacked with sub-hour runners.

Also confirmed for the CPH Half is Leonard Korir and the legendary American athlete Galen Rupp, who is one of the most accomplished runners over the past decade, winning the Chicago Marathon last year, placed second at Boston Marathon and won the Prague Marathon.

Second and third respectively at the CPH Half last year, Jorum Okombo and Alex Korio of Kenya, will return to Copenhagen. Together with Cheroben they were the only three men to dip under 59 minutes in 2017, ranking them eighth and tenth of all times.

Women’s elite summary

The female division is more competitive than ever.

Nothing short of seven women will be lining up with a sub-68:00 personal best. With four out of the top-ten IAAF world ranked road runners in the line-up, we have a broad field with two major favorites leading the way – one of which will be targeting the world record.

Joan Chelimo Melly, who is the number 4 of all times, returns after taking second place at last year’s CPH Half and has announced that she will be targeting the world record in Copenhagen. Netsanet Gudeta, who is reigning world champion and current world-record holder, is also a strong candidate to seek the win.

“Until now, a world record in the women’s race was not realistic. But with world champion Netsanet Gudeta and Joan Melly in the line-up, we will see a really fast race. Melly has announced that she will be attacking the world record, and with a personal best of 65:04 set earlier this year, she has demonstrated that she has the required level,” says Jakob Larsen.

The list of all the elite runners


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