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On the 7th December 2020, Kibiwott Kandie, a Kenyan athlete, set a new world record for the half marathon in a race in Valencia. Kandie was a flashing 29 seconds faster than the previous record set by compatriot Geoffrey Kamworor in Copenhagen last year.
The 24-year-old won by five seconds from Uganda‘s Jacob Kiplimo. Rhonex Kipruto was third, 17 seconds down, with fellow Kenyan Alexander Mutiso fourth at 27 seconds back.
But the victories don’t just stop there! In the women’s race, Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba won by 21 seconds with a time of 1:05:18, with Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui second and Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia third.
Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei smashed the men’s 10,000m world record and Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey set a new benchmark in the women’s 5,000m in Valencia in October.
This is only the beginning of African victories in sports!
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