Kenya’s Celestine Chepchirchir destroyed the race course record at the 30th edition of the Marathon de La Rochelle that was held on Sunday (28) in Rochelle, France.
Chepchirchir broke away away from the leading group at the 38km mark and never looked as she pushed herself from her stiff competitor Aberash Fayesa from Ethiopia.
The Kenyan had focused on the course record of 2:28.24 that had been set in 2010 by Ethiopian running legend Goitetom Haftu, she cut off almost five minutes destroying the old record and writing her name in the history books of this as she cut the tape in a new course record an personal best of 2:23.32.
Fayesa came home second running under the old record when she crossed the line in 2:25.32. Judith Jerubeth also from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 2:26.43.
Ukraine’s Yevheniya Prokofyeva and Winny Jepkorir from Kenya finished in fourth and fifth place in 2:31.23 and 2:35.18 respectively.
- Celestine Chepchirchir (KEN) 2:23.32
- Aberash Fayesa (KEN) 2:25.32
- Judith Jerubeth (ETH) 2:26.43
- Yevheniya Prokofyeva (UKR) 2:31.23
- Winny Jepkorir (KEN) 2:35.18