Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir on Saturday smashed the women-only world record in the half marathon, Prague. The 26-year-old timed 1:05:34 with a distance of 21.1 km. This epic pace helped her break the previous record of 1:06:11 secured by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2018.
“I was thinking to run maybe 1:04:50, but I’m so happy. In the last five kilometers, I was really tired. My plan was to run good because I was well prepared.”, said Jepchirchir, who raced to the world half marathon title in 2016, after the win.
This is the second world record in Jepchirchir’s kitty. She had timed 1:05:06 in a mixed-gender race in Ras Al Khaimah in 2017, which remained a record for two months.