The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai missed the race course record at the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this same event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place, lived to her expectations as she beat a strong deep field that included World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who was making her debut over the distance and the 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda.
Cheptai who was fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic and recently announced her retirement from the track to focus on the roads, missed the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia by forty two seconds as she cut the tape in a time of 1:06.42, though this time is the slowest in four years.
“It was a tough race. The course was fast but the conditions were not easy. I tried to push after 15km despite the heat and am pleasantly surprised with the result,” said Cheptai
Cheptai took home a cool $27,000 but missed $12,000 bonus for not taking down the course record.