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Kiplimo To Renew Acquaintances With Kandie in UAE

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo is braced with another battle against Kenyan Kibiwott Kandie at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.

Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is an annual half marathon held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

The event will welcome the world’s greatest professional runners to Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, on Friday, 19th of February 2021.

Kandie beat Kiplimo on December 6 to win the Valencia Half Marathon in a World Record time of 57:32.

In Valencia, Kiplimo reduced his Personal Best to 57:37 to become the second-fastest man in history for the distance and will fancy his chances in the February.

The victory was a pay back for Kandie who came second as Kiplimo won the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 2020.

Kiplimo had also lost to Kandie in a dramatic finish in 2019 at the San Silvestre Road race in Brazil.

Kandie (right) bypass Kiplimo to the finish line in Brazil. Courtesy

Beside the Kiplimo and Kandie rivalry, the 2019 champion Stephen Kiprop and two-time winner Bedan Karoki, who jointly hold the course record at 58:42, will return to Ras Al Khaimah alongside 2015 winner Mosinet Geremew.

In the Women category, Champions Peres Jepchirchir and Ruth Chepngetich are part of an elite line-up which also has World record-holder Ababel Yeshaneh, Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw and marathon world record-holder Brigid Kosgei.

Elite field

Men
Kibiwott Kandie (KEN) 57:32
Jacob Kiplimo (UGA) 57:37
Alexander Mutiso (KEN) 57:59
Bedan Karoki (KEN) 58:42
Stephen Kiprop (KEN) 58:42
Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 59:11
Julien Wanders (SUI) 59:13
Sondre Nordstadt Moen (NOR) 59:48

Women
Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) 1:04:31
Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 1:04:46
Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 1:04:49
Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1:05:06
Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 1:05:06
Sara Hall (USA) 1:08:18

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