World half marathon champion Peris Chepchirchir proved that her world title was not a fluke when she outshined world leading road runners to win the 10th edition of Family Bank half marathon in Eldoret on Sunday (9).
The 22 year old fresh from winning the Mattoni Usti nad Labem Half Marathon with a time of 1:07:24.
Jepchirchir who came to the race with a personal best of 1:06:39 at the start of the year before winning the world half marathon title in Cardiff, said she is so happy to have won the race and cant wait for the race ahead of her the Valencia Half Marathon that will be held on 23rd October that she will be facing her fellow kenyan Violah Jepchumba who is undefeated this year, having threatened the world records for 5km, 10km and the half marathon.
Joyciline Jepkosgey who led in the first five laps, said she missed to live up to Chepchirchir’s speed since she is nursing a hamstring injury she picked after Durban race South Africa in July.
“I wanted to win this race though Chepchirchir is much experienced in road races and I wanted to win but the I could not increase my speed since the injury was so paining. Above all I thank God I managed second position, which is not bad,” said Jepkosgey who was second at the first lady half marathon race as she aims to run for Kenya at the world cross country championships in Uganda next year.
Jepkosgey cross the finish line in 1:12.27 followed by reigning Austin half marathon silver medalist Lucy Cheruiyot completed the podium clocking 1:12.55.
Jepchirchir will pocket Kshs 500,000 doubled from the initial money of Kshs 250,000 because of the celebration of the 10th edition.
Addititional By Sabuni Khwa Sabuni