Kenyan athlete Peres Jepchirchir broke her own world record for the women-only half marathon on Saturday, October 18. As per the World Athletics Organisation, the 27-year-old ran 1 hour 5 minutes 16 seconds at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.
After second global title and world record, Peres Jepchirchir cements place in history as a half marathon all-time great.— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) October 17, 2020
Jepchirchir was followed by Germany's Melat Yisak Kejeta, who came second by running for a duration of 1 hour 05 minutes and 18 seconds. Meanwhile, Ethiopia's Yalemzerf Yehualaw stood third with a run time of 1 hour 05 minutes and 19 seconds.
In the women's race, all top three athletes beat Jepchirchir's previous would record of 1 hour 05 minutes 34 seconds. In the men's competition, Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo claimed victory with a record time of 58 minutes 49 seconds.
In September, Peres Jepchirchir had set her previous world record. As per reports, the Kenyan athlete broke away from a small field of runners after about 20 minutes and cruised at the 16.5-lap course in the Czech capital’s Letna Park. The previous record of 1:06:11 in the women-only half marathon was set by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia in 2018 in Valencia, Spain.
(With agency inputs; Image Credits- Twitter/@WorldAthletics)