Kenya's Jepchirchir sets world mark in women's half marathon

Clocks 1 hour, 5 minutes and 16 seconds to better own record; Melat Yisak Kejeta of Germany finishes second

Kenya's Jepchirchir sets world mark in women's half marathon

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya. Twitter/@WorldAthletics

Gdynia (Poland), October 17

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya broke her own world record in the women's-only half marathon on Saturday, clocking 1 hour, 5 minutes and 16 seconds.

The 27-year-old Jepchirchir improved on her record by 18 seconds on a four-lap course, taking gold at the World Athletics half marathon championships in Gdynia, Poland.

Jepchirchir broke the record for the first time on September 5, when she ran 1:05:34 in Prague.

Six women finished in under 66 minutes in what was a fast course on the streets of Gdynia along the Baltic coast of northern Poland.

Melat Yisak Kejeta of Germany finished second in 1:05:18, followed by Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia at 1:05:19. AP

 

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