Jepchirchir smashes women-only half marathon world record in Prague

Peres Jepchirchir smashed the women-only race world record in the half marathon in Prague on Saturday morning.

The 26-year-old Kenyan clocked 1:05:34 at the 21.1km race, shattering the previous record of 1:06:11 set by Netsanet Gudeta of Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships in 2018.

Breaking away from the small field just 20 minutes into the race, Jepchirchir set out on a ravaging pace over the 16.5-lap course in Prague’s Letna Park, passing 10 kilometres in 30:32. She slowed over the waning laps but still finished well under the previous mark.

“I was thinking to run maybe 1:04:50, but I’m so happy,” said Jepchirchir, who raced to the world half marathon title in 2016.

This is Jepchirchir’s second world record over the distance. She clocked 1:05:06 in a mixed race in Ras Al Khaimah in 2017, a record which stood for just under two months.


Women 21.1km

1 Peres Jepchirchir 1:05:34

2 Brenda Jepleting 1:07:07

3 Dorcas Kimeli 1:07:14

4 Edith Chelimo 1:07:16

5 Sheila Chepkirui 1:07:37

6 Vibian Chepkirui 1:09:09

Men 21.1km

1 Kibiwott Kandie 58:37

2 Philemon Kiplimo 59:56

3 Benson Kipruto 1:00:06

4 Amos Kurgat 1:00:20

5 Felix Kipkoech 1:00:40

6 Timothy Kibet 1:00:47