Eye on Tokyo: Peres Jepchirchir

Eye on Tokyo: Peres Jepchirchir

Keen to prove her form to Kenyan selectors, Jepchirchir ended 2020 with a 2:17:16 victory at the Valencia Marathon, ultimately earning her a place on Kenya’s Olympic squad. It was just the fourth marathon of her career, but Jepchirchir has proved herself to be a fearless competitor on many occasions.

Peres Jepchirchir

The Kenyan distance runner was a relative unknown when she lined up at the 2016 World Half Marathon Championships, but she timed her race to perfection to win gold on the streets of Cardiff, announcing her arrival on the world stage.

She set a world half marathon record one year later of 1:05:06 – despite being pregnant at the time. She gave birth to her daughter later that year and patiently worked on rebuilding her fitness through 2018. After returning to racing in 2019, she hit peak form in 2020 with a world record in a women-only half marathon of 1:05:34. Little more than a month later, she won the world half marathon title in Gdynia.

Keen to prove her form to Kenyan selectors, Jepchirchir ended 2020 with a 2:17:16 victory at the Valencia Marathon, ultimately earning her a place on Kenya’s Olympic squad. It was just the fourth marathon of her career, but Jepchirchir has proved herself to be a fearless competitor on many occasions.

-World Athletics 

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