Chebet, Jepchirchir reign supreme in Valencia

Chebet, Jepchirchir reign supreme in Valencia

The Kenyan duo of Evans Chebet and Peres Jepchirchir chalked victories in the men’s and women’s races in Valencia Marathon held on Sunday.

In a tactical race, Chebet outsprinted the reigning Boston and Chicago Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono to win the race in 2:03:00 and cement Kenya’s dominance in the race with 18 wins in 39 editions.

Cherono crossed the finish line in 2:03:04 to finish second as defending champion Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia was relegated to third in 2:03:16.

World marathon bronze medallist Amos Kipruto placed fourth in 2:03:33 with compatriot Reuben Kiprop settling for the fifth spot in 2:04:12

Two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui clocked 2:05:05 to rank seventh.

In the women’s race, the red-hot Peres Jepchirchir stormed to a comfortable victory in 2:17:16 with the reigning New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei finishing a distant second in 2:18:40 while Helalia Johannes of Namibia placed third in 2:19:52

It was the third win for Jepchirchir this year in as many races smashing the women’s only half marathon world record in the two previous events; Prague Half Marathon and World Half Marathon.

Meanwhile, Joan Chelimo clocked 2:20:57 as she placed eight while Fancy Chemutai ranked 10th in 2:24:27

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