Kenya’s Beatrice Jelagat Cherop smashed the course record at the 15th edition of the Kuala Lumpur Marathon held on Saturday (30) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 37 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:31.07 that she got at the 2017 Marrakesh Marathon where she finished in second, broke the twelve years old course record of 2:34.37 that was set by her compatriot Rose Kerubo Nyangacha with a new course time and personal best of 2:32.51.
“I did not expect to win as I was initially hampered by an issue with her leg. “When my leg got better into the race, I was able to lengthen my stride and eventually overtook the lead runners,” said Cherop.
Cherop who led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish was followed by Truphena Chepchirchir who crossed the finish line under the old course time in 2:23.55 with Sheila Jepkosgei Chesang wrapping up the podium three finishes in 2:35.50.
Cherop pocketed Kshs 2,225,250 as prize money and Kshs 1,483,500 as bonus for breaking the course record (Total Kshs 3,708,750).
|1st||Beatrice Jelagat Cherop||Kenya||02:32:52|
|3rd||Sheila Jepkosgei Chesang||Kenya||02:35:50|