Peres Jepchirchir set a new women’s only world half marathon record after she posted 1:05:16 to win the women’s race during this year’s edition of the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia Poland.
She led home Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta, who took silver in 1:05:18,breaking the European women-only record in process as Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw closed the podium dash in 1:05:19.
Defending champion Ethiopia’s Netsanet Gudeta’s took a fall and nevrr closed the gap as she slipped father behind in the third lap but managed to come home 8th….
Jepchirchir made her first strong move, the women-only half marathon world record holder injecting a surge and putting many of those behind in visible distress holding onto the lead to win in emphatic fashion.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Jepchirchir. “My goal was to win this race. I did not expect that I would beat the world record, but I realized that it could happen when we passed 20km. It was a little bit windy, but the course was good for me.”
Ethiopia defended their team gold after finishing in third, fourth and fifth places garnering them the quickest cumulative time with 3:16:39, smashing the championship record. Kenya took team silver with 3:18:10 while Germany took bronze with 3:28:42.