Kiptoo Chumo crosses the finish line.

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Kenyan runner smashes the Malaga Half Marathon record

With a time of one hour and 23 seconds, Kiptoo Chumo beat the race's previous best time, set in 2006

Pedro LUis alonso


Monday, 14 November 2022, 12:06


Kenyan runner Jopshat Kiptoo Chumo was the winner of the 31st Malaga Half Marathon and he also beat the race's record by almost half a minute on Sunday morning.

Around 5,500 athletes took part in the event, which saw them run 21 kilometres across Malaga city.

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Kiptoo Chumo registered a time of 1:00:23, setting a new benchmark for the event after beating the previous record set by fellow Kenyan Silas Sang (1:00:56) in the 2006 race.

Sunday's winner was invited to run by the race organisers, who couldn't ignore his impressive half-marathon times over the last few month, including a 1:00:11 in the Lyon half marathon in September.

Abel Mutai crossed the line in second place with a 1:02:12, while Dennis Kibet rounded out the podium with a 1:02:49.

In the women's race, Valentine Jekoech narrowly missed out on breaking the record by 29 seconds, as she came in first place with a 1:10:49, followed by Cynthia Nolari (1:15:33) and Belén Infantes (1:18:35).

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