The Kenyan runner avoids falls on the final lap in Gdynia, Poland to beat her own women-only mark set last month.
Four years after her first 21 km title in Cardiff, the Kenyan had no problems in a dramatic final lap and prevailed against Germany Melat Yisak Kejeta to win in Gdynia when the weather is nice.
Your time from 1:05:16 was 18 seconds in their previous women-only mark that was set in Prague seven weeks ago.
“It’s incredible. My goal was to win this race. I didn’t expect to beat the world record, but I realized it could happen if we crossed 20km. It was a bit windy, but the track was good for me. “- Peres Jepchirchir on World Athletics
Former champions fight for gold
Jepchirchir and his Kenyan teammate, former mixed-sex half marathon world record holder Jocelyne Jepkosgeitook the field quickly.
With 5 km the couple was at the top of the top group and well within the world record plan.
When the leaders approached the 30km mark in 30:47, 2018 won Netsanet Gudeta hit the ground hard as she navigated one of the sharp corners.
The Ethiopian got to her feet quickly, but lost too much ground to catch up with the group.
Race that defines autumn
There was another drama when the top group of six runners hit the 18km mark.
Ethiopia Ababel YeshanehThe current mixed-sex world record holder came out on top for the first time.
But her lead was short-lived when she accidentally fell to the floor, tripping Jepkosgei.
Jepchirchir, Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Germany Melat Yisak Kejeta The remaining distance was carefully covered before the Kenyan triggered her winning goal 30 meters from the finish line.
Kejeta, who only competed in her second big race for her adoptive country, broke the European record for women only and took silver in 1:05:18, while Ethiopia’s Yehualaw was third in 1:05:19.
Gudeta finished eighth almost two minutes behind the winner.
|1 Peres Jepchirchir||Kenya||1:05:16 WR (only for women)|
|2. Melat Yisak Kejeta||Germany||1:05:18 AR|
|3. Yalemzerf Yehualaw||Ethiopia||1:05:19 PB|
|4. Zeineba Yimer||Ethiopia||1:05:39 PB|
|6.Joyciline Jepkosgei||Kenya||1:05:58 SB|
|7. Yasemin Can||Turkey||1:06:20 NO|
|8.Netsanet Gudeta||Ethiopia||1:06:46 SB|
|9.Brillian Jepkorir||Kenya||1:06:56 PB|
|10. Rosemary Wanjiru||Kenya||1:07:10|
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