Peris Jepchirchir leads Kenya podium sweep at the RAK Half Marathon in UAE.

Peres Jepchirchir who set a new Half Marathon World Record in UAE

BY UPESI NEWS SPORTS,NAIROBI,10TH FEB 2017-Kenya’s Peres Jepchichir has set a new Half Marathon World Record  by running one hour, five minutes and six seconds at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in UAE on Friday morning to earn over Ksh15m.

Jepchirchir who is also the World Half Marathon champion  becomes the third woman in history to break the 67 minutes after breaking the previous record of one hour, five minutes and nine seconds set by Florence Kiplagat in Barcelona in 2015.

Jepchirchir took home $50,000 (Ksh 5,182,500) for the win, plus $100,000 (Ksh10,365,000) for breaking the world record, a fact she was unaware of until broadcaster Rob Walker broke the news to her on air after the race.

 Jepchirchir tore the fast course to lead a Kenyan 1-4, beating former record holder Mary Keitany (1:05:13) who was only a second outside the previous record to the honours with Joyciline Jepkosgei (1:06:08) sealing the podium.

Keitany, the three-time New York and twice London marathon titleholder became the first woman in history to go under 67 minutes when she ran 1:05:50 at the same race in 2011 that erased Kenyan born Dutch runner, Lornah Kiplagat’s 1:06:25 standard ran way back in 2007 from record books.

Jepchirchir, 23, broke the world record to defeat Keitany as they waged an epic duel in a race that featured arguably the greatest women’s half marathon field ever assembled.

Jepchirchir ran a negative split to break Kiplagat’s 65:09 world record from 2015.

Each of Jepchirchir’s 5k splits in the 21.1 km/13.1 mile race were faster than the previous as she ran 15:37 for the first 5km segment, then 15:27, 15:24 and 15:10 from 15k to 20k to finally drop Keitany. At that point, Jepchirchir was chasing history.

Jepchirchir dug extremely deep for the world record. Her form was completely falling apart as she neared the finish line (she slowed the final 1.0975km, running 15:43 pace for that stretch of the race), her face sporting an intense grimace as her torso swayed from side to side.

Jepchirchir managed to hang on before collapsing immediately after the finish line, where she had to be carried away from the finish area.

Olympics marathon winner, Jemimah Jelagat Sumgong (1:06:43) finished just outside the medals with Ethiopian track star and two-time Olympics champion, Tirunesh Dibaba (1:06:50) rounding the top five ahead of Beijing 2015 World Championships bronze winner, Helah Kirop (1:07:48) in sixth.

The amazing  race saw  six Kenyans clinch top-ten finishes with former world junior champion, Veronica Nyaruai (1:09:33) in ninth a place behind Kenyan born Bahraini runner Rose Chelimo (1:08:37)

World Half silver medallist, Bedan Karoki sealed the Kenyan double when he ran a world leading 59 minutes and 10 seconds to win the men’s race.

Karoki who is preparing for his full marathon debut in London this April outsprinted Ethiopia’s Yegrem Demelash (29:19) as former Commonwealth 5000m champion Augustine Choge (59:26) was rewarded with a lifetime best as he romped home in third.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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