pj-2.jpgPeres Jepchirchir, photo by RunCzech

Peres Jepchirchir set a new half marathon world record on 4 September, with an excellent 65:34. The RunCzech team had put together an elite only field, with 20 men and nine women in Prague. The course, modified due to the pandemic, was a multi lap course, keeping the chances of contamination to a minimum.

The 26-year-old Kenyan clocked 1:05:34 at the Prague 21.1KM, shattering the previous record of 1:06:11 set by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2018.

Breaking away from the small field just 20 minutes into the race, Jepchirchir set out on a ravaging pace over the 16.5-lap course in Prague's Letna Park, passing 10 kilometres in 30:32. She slowed over the waning laps but still finished well under the previous mark.

"I was thinking to run maybe 1:04:50, but I'm so happy," said Jepchirchir, who raced to the world half marathon title in 2016.

This is Jepchirchir's second world record over the distance. She clocked 1:05:06 in a mixed race in Ras Al Khaimah in 2017, a record which stood for just under two months.

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