BERLIN HALF CHAMPION TO CHASE WORLD RECORD IN COPENHAGEN


(from BerlinHalf site)

Word is out that Copenhagen is the place to pursue the worldrecord over the half marathon distance. Two strongcontestants 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 nowconfirmed to line up at the Copenhagen Half Marathon on September 16.

And indeedKiptanui is very likely to be able to put weightbehind his words, as earlier this yearhe clocked a 58.42 win at the Berlin half Marathon – 19 seconds short of the current worldrecord 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 champwho 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 returnto win once again," says defending champion Cheroben.

Apart from Cheroben and Kiptanui, Alex Korio is also confirmedto compete in Copenhagen.
Korio finished third last year clocking a time of 58.51 to becomeone 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 guaranteedsince it requireseverything to come together on race day.

Howeverthree 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 coursesWe saw thisboth 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 Kiptanuiwe have all the ingredients for a fantastic time, provided weather is good", saysGeoff Wightman, a long-time race announcer at major events suchas the IAAF World Athletics Championships and London Marathon.

Thus it seems everything is set for another strike at the worldrecord in Copenhagen.