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Peres Jepchirchi­r breaks women-only world half-marathon record twice in six weeks

- Sports · Running · Marathon · Athletics · Kenya · Prague · Poland · Ras al-Khaimah · Cardiff · Gdynia · United Arab Emirates

On Sept. 5, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchi­r smashed Net­sanet Gudeta’s women-only half-marathon world record of 1:06:11 with a 1:05:34 clock­ing at the Prague Half-Marathon. Six weeks later, she low­ered it again with her 1:05:16 vic­tory at the World Half-Marathon Cham­pi­onships in Gdy­nia, Poland.

Jepchirchi­r also brief ly held the women’s mixed-gen­der half-marathon record in 2017, when she ran a 1:05:06 at the Ras Al Khaimah ( rak) Half Marathon in the United Arab Emi­rates. (Road records dis­tin­guish be­tween mixed-gen­der and women-only, be­cause, un­like on the track where they are paced only by women, in some road races male pac­ers are al­lowed, which is be­lieved to give the women an ad­van­tage.) She won the world half-marathon cham­pi­onships in Cardiff, Wales, in 2016.— CR

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