Jacob Kiplimo wins Uganda’s first World Half Marathon medal as Peres...

The Kenyan runner avoids falls on the final lap in Gdynia, Poland to beat her own women-only mark set last month.

Peres Jepchirchir improved her own world record to regain her half marathon world crown in Poland on Saturday (October 17th).

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

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir celebrates victory at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia in a world record time only for women. (Photo: 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.

Peres Jepchirchir (R) leads the women’s elite race at the 2020 World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland

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.

Women leading results
athlete Land time
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
5.Ababel Yeshaneh Ethiopia 1:05:41
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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