Jepchirchir sets second world half marathon record within three years
Peres Jepchirchir shattered the women’s world half marathon record at the women-only race in Prague, Czech Republic last weekend.
The Kenyan runner clocked 1:05:34 at the Prague 21.1km, erasing the previous record of 1:06:11 set by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain.
This is the 26-year-old’s second world record over the distance. She timed 1:05:06 in a mixed race in Ras Al Khaimah in 2017, a record which stood for just under two months. Two years and five months later she has recaptured the record.
Jepchirchir broke away from the lean field just 20 minutes into the race. She staged a blistering pace round the 16.5-lap course in Prague’s Letna Park, covering 10km in 30:32. She lowered her pace over the final laps but still smashed the previous mark.
“I was thinking to run maybe 1:04:50, but I'm so happy,” said Jepchirchir, the title holder of the 2016 world half marathon.
The world beater led a top seven Kenyan finish with Brendah Jepleting coming home second in 1:07:07 as Dorcas Jepchumba completed the podium places clocking 1:07:14. Edith Chelimo crossed the line in 1:07:16 for the fourth place, Sheila Chepkirui was fifth in 1:07:37, Vibian Chepkirui timed 1:09:09 for position six as Lilian Jepkorir settled for the seventh in 1:11:02.