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Olympic Champ Peres Jepchirchir Named Kenya’s Best

Boston marathon bound and Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has won the LG Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Sports Personality of November.

This comes two days after she was named in a star-studded lineup for Boston Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Gold Label Road Race that will be held on April 18.

Jepchirchir floored stars like the men’s New York marathon winner, Albert Korir, Tennis sensational Angela Okutoyi, who won the 2021 Africa U-18 Championship and Rally champion Baldev Chager.

Other nominees were Kenya Sevens player Herman Humwa, Lucy Cheruiyot who won Mexico City Marathon and Perister Bosire who won gold in the over 78 kg division at the Dakar African Judo Open.

Jepchirchir beat a seasoned deep field to win the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 22 minutes, 39 seconds ahead of compatriot Viola Lagat in November to bag the award.

Jepchirchir, who was awarded by the LG Electronics Corporate Communications Manager, Marketing Department Maureen Kemunto on Thursday morning at her home in Kapsabet saw the marathoner receive a state-of-the-art LG Artificial Intelligence washing machine worth Ksh92,000 and a gleaming trophy engraved with her name.

Speaking after receiving the award at her home in Kapsabet, Nandi County, Jepchirchir said the award came as a surprise to her and she didn’t expect to have emerged the best in the month of November.

She said that the award has motivated her to work hard this season with her focus on the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA where she will be eyeing for a slot in Team Kenya.

Lucy Cheruiyot smashes the Mexico City Marathon course record

Kenya’s Lucy Cheruiyot smashed the race course record at the 38th edition of the Mexico City Marathon that was held on Sunday (28) in Mexico City.

Cheruiyot took the charge of the race from the gun point and never relinquished the position as she chased the race course record of 2:33.27 that was set by Vivian Kiplangat from Kenya in 2019.

The 24 years-old went ahead unopposed as she passed the 10km mark with a time of 33:17, she had a difference in favor of almost three minutes over Amare Shewarge and Mexican Isabel Oropeza, who later couldn’t stand the pace.

Cheruiyot pulled herself further from the chasing group cutting the tape in a new course record of 2:27.22. Ethiopia’s Shewarge came home in second place after ten minutes. Leah Jebiwott from Kenya closed the first three podium finishes in 2:40.34

LEADING RESULTS

42KM WOMEN

  1. Lucy Cheruiyot               (KEN) 2:27.22
  2. Amare Shewarge            (ETH)  2:37.03
  3. Leah Jebiwot                   (KEN) 2:40.34
  4. Sandra Rosas                   (COL) 2:43.56
  5. Argentina Valdepeñas   (MEX) 2:44.08

Jemeli wins the Safaricom Iten 10km women road race

Former Barcelona Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli took top honors at the 8th edition of Safaricom Iten 10km road race that was held on Saturday (25) in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The 27 year-old defeated a host of runners to emerge victorious in women’s race that started at Bugar Centre before ending at Iten town.

Running on home ground, receiving cheers from fans lining up on the course, the 2015 Kass marathon champion stepped in the lead with just 100m and enjoyed the lead until the finish line, though she had difficulties in uphill with Lucy Cheruiyot the 2016 Madoka half marathon taking advantage to close the gap.

Jemeli held on to cut the tape in 33:18.8 and was followed by Cheruiyot who crossed the line in 33:27.2 before Lydia Njeri closing the podium three finishes in 33:34.8.

“I came here for speed work ahead of my Beijing marathon. Coming from the same area, I know the route and utilized it very well” said Jemeli who cut the tape in 33:18.0.

She added that as a marathoner, she did not expect to win because 10km is a faster race.

“I am surprised by the win because, as a marathoner, my speed is slow though I managed to beat them all,” said Jemeli, who has dominated local races like cross country and road races.

Leading results

Women

  1. Valary Jemeli     33:18.8
  2. Lucy Cheruiyot  33:27.2
  3. Lydia Njeri         33:34.8
  4. Joyce Jepkemoi  33:52.5
  5. Sharon Jelimo    34:30.7
  6. Gladys Yator     34:32.6