NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The women’s half marathon world record
holder Joyciline Jepkosgei leads a strong Kenyan
delegation to the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the
United Arab Emirates on Friday.
signed off 2017 with a strong showing in Valencia where
she broke her own world record, winning the half marathon
in October in a time of 1:04:51.
She has broken
five world records in five months and became the first
woman to break the 30 minute barrier for a road 10K.
Those records will be history as she lines up in the UAE
for the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.
“I relish the
challenge of the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. It is a top
race with every big name ready to pounce for the title.
But this is what brings out the best in me and I hope to
win and run another fast time,” the 25-year-old Kenyan
runners, Jepkosgei will be using the race to gauge her
preparation ahead of the World Half Marathon in Valencia
on March 24.
But that can
wait as she has enough of a challenge at hand with
organizers saying this year’s Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon
will feature arguably the best women’s line-up in history.
is also the Prague Half Marathon champion, will be leading
the line-up and there will be other fast paced runners
including eight women who have recorded a sub-67 minute
Keitany (65:13), the London marathon champion is the next
quickest in the field. Keitany has already made it known
that she is preparing the defense of her title in London
“The race at
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is important to me because I
want to see how my body will react. The target is to run a
fast time,” Keitany said.
will be given male pacesetters for her quest to break the
world record in London in April.
“I feel that I
can attack the time of 2:15:25. At last year’s London
Marathon, I was feeling good but it was hard to run nearly
half the race on my own. By having male pacemakers, I will
be able to have support throughout the race,” Keitany
any world record is contingent on everything being right
on the day. London has shown it has the course for world
records to be broken and I hope my form and health stay
strong and that the weather is kind on the day,” she
importance will be to win in Ras Al Khaimah. Alongside
Jepkosgei, there will also be Fancy Chemutai (65:36) and
Edith Chelimo (65:52).
Cherono (66:07) and Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba (66:11) will
join them while Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot
is only 11th fastest on the roster with a time
Cheruiyot are also lined up to compete in London and are
using the event to gauge their fitness.
reigning champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya will have to
sit out the race as she is on maternity leave.