Jepchirchir tipped

Kiprop and Ch­e­sir to chal­lenge for New Delhi Half Marathon

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY STAN­LEY MAGUT @mgt­stan

World marathon sil­ver medal­list He­lah Kiprop, World half marathon cham­pion Peris Jepchirchir and All Africa Games 10,000m sil­ver medal­list Gla­dys Ch­e­sir will re­new their ri­valry at the New Delhi Half Marathon this Sun­day. While Kiprop will be seek­ing to re­deem her form af­ter fail­ing to im­press at the Rio Olympics, Jepchirchir will be seek­ing to ex­tend her good form over the sea­son. How­ever, the two will have Ch­e­sir to con­tend with as she will be all out to prove a point.

Ch­e­sir, who fin­ished third last year in the same event, will not only be seek­ing to fin­ish on the podium, but also to im­prove on her per­for­mance. “I have been train­ing well hop­ing that I will im­press in the race com­pared to last year when I fin­ished third. I am new on the course and this time I am tar­get­ing a win,” she said. Ch­e­sir com­peted early this year dur­ing the world half marathon cham­pi­onships in Cardiff and fin­ished fourth.

“The com­pe­ti­tion will be tough ow­ing to the pres­ence of Jepchirchir, who has run well. This sea­son. But I will still have my eyes on the ti­tle,” she added.

Jepchirchir, who won Va­len­cia Half Marathon and set per­sonal best of 1:06.39 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon may not be the fastest ath­lete in the field but starts favourite in the In­dian city race.

Ethiopia’s Wok­nesh Degefa leads the stand­ings with 1:06.14 while Mary Wac­era tops Kenya’s list with a time of 1:06.29. Kenyans fol­low in the or­der—Jepchirchir ( 1:06.39 ), Ch­e­sir ( 1:06.57 ) and Hela ( 1:07.39 ). How­ever, Jepchirchir said she is well pre­pared for the race cit­ing Wac­era as her big­gest threat.

“This race needs psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tions. I am ready but the field is very tough,” she said dur­ing her train­ing at Kapsa­bet on Wednes­day.

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