Jepchirchir, Chebet sparkle in Valencia Marathon

Jepchirchir, Chebet sparkle in Valencia Marathon

Jepchirchir timed 2:17:16 to win the Valencia Marathon, shading over six minutes off her personal best. In her second international marathon, the performance is admirable as she beat a rich field parading multiple major champions.

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Peres Jepchirchir proved to be an elite Marathoner at the 2020 Valencia Marathon on Sunday and she would perhaps give Yulimar Rojas a run to the athlete of the year award at the event held virtually on Saturday.

Jepchirchir timed 2:17:16 to win the Valencia Marathon, shading over six minutes off her personal best. In her second international marathon, the performance is admirable as she beat a rich field parading multiple major champions.

She has had a stellar year on the road in 2020 winning the World Half in October, where she set the women’s-only half marathon world record for the second time this year. Jepchirchir was among the five finalists for the World Athletics female Athlete of the Year.

The 27-year-old's performance in Valencia consigned her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei to second place with a time of 2:18:40 while Namibia’s Helalia Johannes came home third (2:19:52).

The men’s marathon leading pack reduced from 12 to three after the 30km mark with pre-race favourites Kenyans Lawrence Cherono, Evans Chebet and Ethiopian Birhanu Legese. Though unheralded, Chebet emerged best with a time of 2:03:00.

He took advantage of Cherono’s dwindling steadiness in the last 100m to sprint to victory. The performance places Chebet as the sixth fastest man of all time over the distance. Cherono, winner of both 2019 Chicago and Boston marathons, timed 2:03:04 for second place. Though not a winning time, he chopped off one minute and two seconds from his personal best performance.

Legese clocked 2:03:16 for the third position. Kenyan Amos Kipruto fourth in 2:03:33 making Sunday’s race the first marathon in history to have four men break the 2:04 barrier    

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