Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei will be the star to watch at the 40th edition of the Generali Berlin Half Marathon that will be held on 22 Sunday 2021 in Berlin, German.
Jepkosgei has broken the world half marathon record on two occasions and in 2017 she became the first female runner to record a time of sub 65 minutes. She ran 64:52 in Prague four years ago and then improved this record by one second in Valencia.
Jepkosgei is currently the fifth fastest half marathon runner ever and the fastest ever entered in the Berlin race with a personal best of 64.51.
The 27 year-old and the current New York City Marathon champion said, I thank the organizers to make it possible for me to compete here. It is not an easy time for all of us.
“I ran my last international race eight months ago. But I am ready and I will do my best.” Said Jepkosgei.
Another title contender is Valary Aiyabei who is also from Kenya who comes to this race with a personal best of 66.14 that she got in 2019 at the Ras Al Khaimah. . Later that year she broke the course record of the Frankfurt Marathon with a time of 2:19:10
Ethiopia’s Helen Tola and fellow-country-mate Bekelech Gudeta are the other two runners who have come with personal best of 66.54. Tola improved to 66:45 two years ago in the Istanbul Half Marathon where she finished third. Gudeta showed excellent form in this Turkish race as well, when she improved to 66:54 this spring. Despite the strength in depth it will not be an easy task to achieve a time in the region of the course record on Sunday.
Berlin’s Rabea Schöneborn – twin sister of Deborah Schöneborn, who achieved a fine 18th place in the Olympic marathon – is the fastest German athlete entered. The 27 year-old intends to improve her personal best of 71:40.
The race organizers have assembled this team to try and lower the race course record of 65:45 that was set in 2019 by by Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands. established this mark two years ago with a superb 65:45.