Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir took the gold medal in the women’s race at the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday March 26.Peres Jepchirchir, who was making her second appearance ever for Kenya after failing to finish at the 2014 Africa XC Championships in Kampala, led a Kenyan sweep of the podium at Cardiff 2016.
The 22-year-old outsprinted her compatriot Cynthia Jerotich Limo to win the title, stopping the clock at 1:07:31.
Cynthia Limo, the world leader, who was making her maiden appearance for Kenya, clocked 1:07:34 to settle for silver ahead of the 2014 World Half silver medallist Mary Wacera Ngugi, who settled for bronze in 1:07:54 to complete the podium.
“The race was not bad,” said Jepchirchir after the race. “The course was good but I struggled a bit climbing the hill.”
Gladys Chesire and 2012 World Half bronze medallist Pascalia Chepkorir Kipkoech finished sixth and seventh in 1:08:48 and 1:09:44 respectively to ensure that Kenya retained the team title for the sixth time in the past eight editions.
Ethiopia’s Dehininet Demsew finished in eighth place while Peru’s Gladys Tejeda set a South American record of 1:10:14 in ninth position.
Kenya’s aggregate time of 3:22:59 is the second-fastest in the history of the championships.
Ethiopia, team winners in the past two Olympic years, was second in Cardiff 2016. And for the ninth successive edition, Japan took team bronze.
— Athletics Africa (@athleticsafrica) 26 March 2016