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Florence Kiplagat honored with the AIMS World Award


The Kenyan runner, who established a new world feminine record in half marathon at the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona 2014, was presented with the “AIMS World Record Award” at an event held during the Chicago marathon. Last Friday October 10th, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), entity created by more than 370 long distance races in more than 100 countries around the world, honored Florence Kiplagat with the AIMS World Record award in recognition of her world record in half marathon.

The 27 years old Kenyan runner achieved the world record during her participation at the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona, held last February 16th, when she stopped the clock at 1.05.12. Thus, Kiplagat chopped 38 seconds off the old world record set by her compatriot Maria Keitany at the half marathon of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) in 2011, set in 1.05.50. Florence Kiplagat achieved as well the world record for 20km distance (1.01.56), record which was also in possession of the Kenyan Maria Keitany (2011) up to that day.

Paco Borao, AIMS president, entity who hands out this award since 1985, highlighted the qualities of the Kenyan runners and the level of the Spanish races. “We are delighted to present Florence Kiplagat with this award. She is an exceptional athlete and we are pleased to be able to recognize the great feat she achieved. I’m glad to see how the Spanish races are positioning themselves technically among the most prestigious around the world, and the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona, is one of them”.