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BY SAMSON MBII,22ND OCT 2017 -Kenyan runner Joyciline Jepkosgei withstood toughest challenge to win Alfonso Half Marathon staged at Valencia Trinidad Alfonso on Sunday.she had commented that she had been training well since her World 10km record feat and was confident of running fast.
Kenya’s four times World 3,000m steeple chase champion Ezekiel Kemboi was enlisted to pace Jepkosgei at a steady 3:05 per kilometre pace. However, the early splits proved to be even quicker than scheduled as the opening five kilometres were covered in a frantic 14:52, a time fast enough to finish inside 1:03.
The brisk rhythm continued as the Jepkosgei was timed at 30:09 at 10 kilometres, still well ahead of her own world record pace.
It proofed almost futile for Jepkosgei’s after rhythm slowed down in the third five-kilometre section. Always running at Kemboi’s shoulder, the multiple world record-holder reached 15 kilometres in 45:59, which put her target in serious jeopardy; when she set the previous world record of 1:04:52 in Prague, she had clocked 45:37 at 15 kilometres.
But, she did not allow the wind to dampen her spirit deciding to keep going and by the 20-kilometre mark , reached in 1:01:30, she was only five seconds in arrears of her world record goal.
She managed to overcome the huddles getting to the finish line in 1:04:51 to set her sixth world record in 2017.Below is the list of Results :
1 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:04:51
2 Fancy Chemutai (KEN) 1:05:36
3 Lucy Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:07:30
4 Gelete Burka (ETH) 1:08:17
5 Paskalia Chepkorir (KEN) 1:09:13
6 Trihas Gebre (ESP) 1:09:55
7 Birhan Mhretu (ETH) 1:09:59
8 Azmera Gebru Hagos (ETH) 1:10:39
1 Abraham Cheroben (BRN) 59:11
2 Leul Gebresilase (ETH) 59:12
3 Fikadu Haftu (ETH) 59:22
4 Sondre Nordstad Moen (NOR) 59:47
5 Mustapha El Aziz (MAR) 1:00:51
6 Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 1:00:53
7 Justus Kangogo (KEN) 1:00:53
8 Mathew Kisorio (KEN) 1:01:17