Kenya's Mike Boit among favourites at Sunday's Porto Half Marathon

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ATHLETICS Kenya's Mike Boit among favourites at Sunday's Porto Half Marathon

Abigael Wafula 12:53 - 16.09.2023
The 16th edition of the Porto Half Marathon has attracted athletes from 78 countries and Kenya's Boit is among the top runners

Kenya’s Mike Kiptum Boit and home talent Dulce Félix headline elite fields for the 16th edition of the Porto Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday.

As quoted by race organisers, the event will feature athletes from 78 countries. The men’s course record currently stands at 59:30 and was set by Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese in 2011 and it will be an uphill task for Boit who will be seeking to lower it.

Boit won the race in 2018 and he will be making a return to the familiar course with the hope of replicating his performance.

His strong opposition will come from compatriot Evans Kipchirchir Sambu, who finished third last year, and will be making a return with the hope of winning.

Anthony Kimutai will also pose as a threat since he is coming from achieving a win in Lille, this year, with a promising 1:00.43.

In the women’s field, Caroline Chepkemoi, who ran 1:09.13 hours at the Lisbon Half Marathon in 2019, is the favourite, while Dulce Félix, Rafaela Fonseca, and Daniela Cunha lead the home charge in the race.

Jorge Teixeira, general director of Runporto, believes that changing the circuit could result in better results for athletes, a "much flatter and more competitive" route, and considers that obtaining a race record "is difficult, but not impossible."

"We hope that this year, with the small change in the route, which, for me, is much flatter and more competitive, will translate into the result next Sunday,” he said.