“I’m not keeping track, but the record is there for someone to break it,” Sammy Sosa former American baseball player once said.
It is indeed a season of breaking records as Kenyan runner Peres Jepchirchir on Saturday, Sept. 5 smashed the world record for the women’s half marathon at the 21.1km event held in Prague, Czech Republic.
26 year old Jepchirchir finished the race in 1:05:34 beating the previous mark of 1:06:11 set by Netsanet Gudeta in 2018 at the World Half Marathon Championships.
Jepchirchir who felt the race lacked competition said she could have finished a few minutes earlier had she been challenged to it.
“I’m satisfied with the results although I thought I could have run 64:50, but I thank God for what He has given me,” she said to Olympic Channel, adding, “It was difficult to run alone. If I could have had (good) pacemakers I could have run 64.”
The Kenyan runner set the pace breaking away from the pack 20 minutes into the run, passing the 10km mark in 30:32 minutes. This is not the first time Jepchirchir has beaten a record in the same distance, in 2017 she took part in a mixed–race in UAE clocking 1:05:06.
Kenya is known for producing some of the world’s best female athletes such as Brigid Kosgei, Pamela Jimelo and Vivian Cheruiyot and this win came a day after Ethiopian-born Dutch runner Safin Hassan set a new record for the women’s one-hour run.