Elite field announced!


The elite field of the ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon has been announced. The race is expected to be even faster than last year.

Last year's winner Hilary Kiptum Maiyo Kimaiyo (KEN) is considered as the main favorite. However, it is his compatriot Robert Wambua Mbithi who holds the best personal best in the elite field (1:01:00). Local fans count on a strong performance from Tomasz Grycko (POL), who is the current Polish champion on the distance of 10.000 meters.

In the women's field, there are 5 runners with PBs under 1h13. Fatiha Benchatki (MAR) and Kenyans: Stellah Jepngetich Barsosio and Christine Moraa Oigo are among favorites. Dominika Nowakowska (POL) will do her best to get to the podium as well.

- We are meeting the requirements for the IAAF Road Race Bronze Label when it comes to the elite field – says Zbigniew Nadolski, sports director of the ONICO Gdynia Half Marathon. - We expect the results of 1h02 and 1h12 in the men and women competition, respectively – he adds.

40.000 PLN has been allocated for the prize money. The winners will get 6.000 PLN.

Elite field - MEN

Robert Wambua Mbithi – ur. 1989 Kenia
Rekord życiowy: 1:01:00 Den Haag 2010

Bernard Muinde Matheka – ur. 1988 Kenia
Rekord życiowy: 1:02:19 Remich 2015

Hilary Kiptum Kimaiyo – ur. 1984 Kenia
Rekord życiowy: 1:02:19 Bratysława 2015

Mengistu Zelalem Gezahegne – ur. 1993 Etiopia
Rekord życiowy: 1:03:05 Wrocław 2016

Yuriy Rusyuk – ur. 1987 Ukraina
Rekord życiowy: 1:04:12 Kovel 2016

Tomasz Grycko – ur. 1992 Polska
Rekord życiowy: 1:05:24 Piła 2016 (aktualny MP na 10.000m)

Elita field - WOMEN

Faticha Benchatki – ur. 1982 Maroko
Rekord życiowy: 1:12:00 Casablanca 2016

Stellah Jepngetich Barsosio – ur. 1993 Kenia
Rekord życiowy: 1:12:18 Sobótka 2016

Dominika Nowakowska – ur. 1985 Polska
Rekord życiowy: 1:12:37 Warszawa 2015

Christine Moraa Oigo – ur. 1990 Kenia
Rekord życiowy: 1:12:41 Zagrzeb 2016

Agnieszka Gortel - Maciuk – ur. 1977 Polska
Rekord życiowy: 1:12:52 Piła 2010

Viktoriya Khapilina – ur. 1992 Ukraina
Rekord życiowy: 1:14:47 Mińsk 2016

Runa Skrove Falch – ur. 1990 Norwegia
Rekord życiowy: 1:15:01 Barcelona 2016

Antonina Miłek – ur. 1994 Polska
Rekord życiowy: 1:19:15 Warszawa 2015