27-year-old Kenyan, Peres Jepchirchir has set a new world record for a women-only half marathon.
Jepchirchir broke her own world at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland on Saturday, October 17.
She ran one hour five minutes 16 seconds to emerge the winner.
Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir wins in a women-only world record of 1:05:16!
She is the 2020 #WorldHalfMarathon champion 🙌 pic.twitter.com/r8VyAS1UZA
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) October 17, 2020
Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta was second in 1:05:18 with Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in third with 1:05:19.
In the men’s race, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo claimed victory in a championship record time of 58:49.
In the women’s race, the top three all ran under Jepchirchir’s previous would record of 1:05:34.
The leading group went through 10km in 30:47, while the chances of Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei suffered when they fell on the third lap as they went on to finish fifth and sixth respectively.