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Jepchirchir breaks half-marathon record


Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir has broken her own world record for a women-only half marathon.

The 27-year-old ran one hour five minutes 16 seconds at the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.

Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta was second in 1:05:18 with Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw in third with 1:05:19.

In the men’s race, Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo claimed victory in a championship record time of 58:49.

In the women’s race, the top three all ran under Jepchirchir’s previous would record of 1:05:34.

The leading group went through 10km in 30:47, while the chances of Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh and Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei suffered when they fell on the third lap as they went on to finish fifth and sixth respectively.



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