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Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir sets womens half marathon world record

DUBAI U.A.E. (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.

             

 

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