Jepchirchir eyeing an improved marathon time

Jepchirchir’s current best marathon time is 2:23:50, a race winning time which she set on December 8, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. Kenyan Brigit Kosgei is the reigning women’s marathon world record holder with a time of 2:14:04 set at the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13. 

The new women-only half marathon world record holder Peres Jepchirchir will be chasing a new personal best time at the 2020 Valencia Marathon slated for December 6.

After grabbing the pole position at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, the 27-year-old intimated that she wants to lower her best time in the 42km event.

“My season is not yet complete. I still have the Valencia Marathon in December so I’ll prepare for that. I think this (Saturday’s) win gave me a lot (of moral boost). I'd like to run 2:17 or 2:18 for the marathon,” said the long-distance runner who stands 1.6m tall and weighs 43kg.

Jepchirchir’s current best marathon time is 2:23:50, a race winning time which she set on December 8, 2019 in Saitama, Japan. Kenyan Brigit Kosgei is the reigning women’s marathon world record holder with a time of 2:14:04 set at the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13. 

“This pandemic was difficult and it affected a lot of people. I used this time to train, I didn’t stop my training because I was trying to reach my shape,” added the mother of one, saying she will take a week’s break to recover from the excruciating four-lap course run in Gdynia before resuming training in preparation for Valencia.

The Valencia event will give athletes a chance to pursue the qualification marks for the Tokyo Summer Olympics rescheduled for 2021 due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.

The event organisers are planning for a field of maximum 300 elite athletes only. Due to the pandemic, they intimate that public health concerns will not allow them to hold an event of more than 30,000 participants like in the previous editions.

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