(Xinhua) -- Reigning world champion
Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya clocked a winning time of one hour
five minutes and six seconds to renew the women’s half marathon
at the RAK Half Marathon in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE on Friday.
The 23-year-old, who won the gold medal at the IAAF World Half
Marathon Championships in Cardiff last March, trimmed three
seconds off the previous world record set by countrywoman
Florence Kiplagat in Barcelona two years ago.
However, her new world record is still subject to the usual
ratification procedures by the IAAF.
Jepchirchir’s previous personal best time of 1:06:39 was also
set in Ras al-Khaimah when she finished fourth in 2016. She is
currently holding the Chinese all-comers’ record of 1:07:21 as
she claimed an convincing victory at the 2016 Yangzhou Jianzhen
International Half Marathon in April.