Granollers, Spain – Kenya’s Samuel Wanjiru, the current World Half Marathon record holder, grabbed a huge win in his specialist event at the ‘21st Mitja Marató de Granollers’ held yesterday (3) in this town located 20kms away from Barcelona.
The 21-year-old Kenyan ace’s winning time was 59:26 which is a new Spanish all-comers best succeeding in that feat a living legend like Ethiopia’s Haile Gbrselassie, who set the previous best in 2006 with a 60:08 clocking.
Right from the start Wanjiru and his countryman Cosmers Kemboi dictated a hot pace leaving their fellow Kenyans Wilson Chebet, Yacob Yator and Spain’s Chema Martínez way back. The decisive movement came in the 8th kilometre when Wanjiru broke away from Kemboi. The leader covered the first half of the race, which is uphill, in 30:13 building a 30-second advantage over Kemboi, himself four seconds clear of Chebet while Martínez had suffered a fall in the third kilometre and lost 1:40 by midway.