Peres Jepchirchir is the name of the latest world record holder. The Kenyan today set a new world record in the half marathon for women only, when she won the RunCzech competition in the time of 1.05.34.
The track in the Czech capital Prague was laid to be able to give a victory time under the previous world record of 1.06.11 – a time that the Ethiopian Netsanet Gudeta set at the World Half Marathon 2018.
The fastest of all in the strong starting field was the 26-year-old Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir, who finished in a time of 1.05.34.
But the new world record was not as good as she herself had aimed for.
“I had imagined a time under 1.05,” she said on after the race.
“I am very happy and proud. It was hard to run alone for so long,” she added.
The world record is in races where only women participate. The women’s record in the half marathon where both men and women run is 1.04.31 and was set by Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in February.