Peres Jepchirchir’s win perfect answer to 'noisy neighbours'

Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya beats the World Record (1:05:16) and wins the women's race of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 17, 2020.

Photo credit: Mateusz Slodkowski | AFP

What you need to know:

  • For winning Saturday’s race, Jepchirchir took home Sh3.2 million in prize money, and additional Sh5.4 million for breaking the world record.
  • Before the race, everything - from the quality of the field, the altitude to the weather pointed to an exciting race in women’s category.

After an underwhelming week during which Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei (men’s 10,000 metres) and Ethiopia’s Letensebet Gidey (women’s 5,000m) set world records of their own, Kenyan athletics fans Saturday got something to cheer about when Peres Jepchirchir won women’s race at the 24th World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in record time.

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