(CNN)Peres Jepchirchir broke her personal world document within the ladies’s half marathon, crossing the road in a single hour, 5 minutes and 16 seconds to win gold on the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland.
The 27-year-old Kenyan beat her earlier finest by 18 seconds, set in Prague on September 5, narrowly edging out Germany’s Melat Kejeta by simply two seconds. Yalemzerf Yehualaw of Ethiopia was only a additional second again to take bronze in an awfully shut race.
It was Jepchirchir’s second half marathon world title, having beforehand claimed gold in 2016.
Within the males’s race, 19-year-old Jacob Kiplimo upset the sector to take gold in a championship document time of 58 minutes and 49 seconds. The Ugandan edged out Kibiwott Kandie of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn, who completed second and third respectively.
Observe star Joshua Cheptegei, who last week smashed the 10,000-meter world record, was making his half-marathon debut and completed fourth in 59 minutes and 21 seconds. He additionally holds the 5,000-meter world document.
The championships had initially been scheduled to happen in March however have been postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.