Kenya’s Olympic Champion Peres Jepchirchir Wins Women’s London Marathon

Sun Apr 21 2024
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LONDON: Kenya’s Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir won the women’s London marathon in a world record time of two hours sixteen minutes sixteen seconds for a women’s only race on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Kenyan athlete came home in front of Joyciline Jepkosgei and Tigst Assefa to break the world record mark without male pacemakers.

Jepchirchir crashed the women’s-only course record of 2 hours, seven minutes, one second set by Kenya’s Mary Keitany in 2017.

Other Runners in London Marathon

Retired British star Paula Radcliffe ran a time of 2 hours, fifteen minutes and twenty-five seconds in a mixed-sex marathon in London in 2003, using male pacemakers.

World record holder Assefa had been considered the pre-race favourite but she could not live with Jepchirchir’s kick for the finish line inside the final kilometre.

Both Assefa and Jepkosgei also finished inside the previous females’ only record time.

Two-time former London marathon winner Brigid Kosgei finished 5th behind Megertu Alemu.

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