Kenya’s Sheila Kiprotich Chepkirui was in a class of her own as ran the eighteenth fastest time in the world at the 41st edition of the Generali Berlin Half Marathon that was held on Sunday (30 In Berlin, Germany.
The 31 year-old brazed the very cold conditions with almost freezing temperatures at the start leading a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish.
Chepkirui passed 10k mark in 30:32 and was on course for 64:30 at this stage of the race but due to the coldness in her feet she could not maintain her pace but nevertheless she remained calm to forge ahead and erase the old course record of 1:05.16 that had been set by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei last year and setting a new course record of 1:05.02.
“I had hoped to break my personal best of 64:36, but at least I won the race with a course record. I am now planning to run my marathon debut later in the year, so maybe I will return to Berlin in September,” said Chepkirui.
chepkirui was followed by Joyce Chepkemoi in a time of 1:05.50 with Irene Kimais closing the podium three finishes in a time of 1:06.34.
Britain’s Samantha Harrison was the fastest non-African runner with a personal best of 1:08.12 in fifth place with Katharina Steinruck from Germany finishing in sixth place in a time of 1:09.38
- Sheila Kiprotich (KEN) 1:05.02
- Jocye Chepkemoi (KEN) 1:05.50
- Irene Kimais (KEN) 1:06.34