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Kenya’s Jepchirchir Runs Fastest-Ever Half Marathon In Women-Only Race

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir smashed the world record for the half marathon in women-only races on Saturday, completing a 21.1-kilometer course in Prague in one hour 05.34 minutes.

The 26-year-old shattered the previous record of 1:06:11, set by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia in the women-only event at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2018.

The overall women’s half marathon record of 1:04.31 was set by Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh in a mixed-gender race at Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates in February.

Jepchirchir, who held the overall record for two months in 2017, broke away from a small field of nine runners after 20 minutes of the race in the Letna Park and reached the 10-kilometer mark in 30.32 minutes.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 05: Peres Jepchirchir smashes the women’s only Half Marathon World Record at the RunCzech Prague race this morning, wearing adizero adios pro – Adidas’ fastest ever running shoe. She set a new World Record-breaking time of 1:05:34h on September 5, 2020, in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Reinaldo Coddou H./Reinaldo Coddou H./Getty Images for Hill+Knowlton Strategies / Adidas) *** Local Caption *** Peres Jepchirchir

She slowed over the second half of the race but was still well inside the previous record.

“I’m satisfied with the result although I thought I could have run 1:04:50,” she said. “I was really tired of the last five kilometers.”

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