Yangzhou, China―Newly crowned world half marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya continued her solid form as she cut 55 seconds off the women’s course record en route to claim the title at the 2016 Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon in Yangzhou, China on Sunday (April 24).
The 23-year-old built an overwhelming lead almost from the start of the race and never looked back until breaking the tape in style in 1:07:21, ten seconds faster than her winning mark when she led a podium sweep for Kenya at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff last month.
Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba, 22, set a personal best of 1:07:47 to finish second while Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech of Kenya took the third place in 1:07:58. All the top three finishers beat the previous course record of 1:08:16 set by Kenya’s Gladys Cherono in 2014.
Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew, defending champion and course record holder in the men’s race, triumphed from a five-man battle in the home stretch to notch a back-to-back title in 1:00:43, which made him the first multi winner in the 11-year history of the IAAF Golden Label race.
Edwin Kipyego of Kenya finished second 1:00:44 with Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia trailing one second in arrears to take the third position.
1. Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 1:07:21
2. Birhane Dibaba (ETH) 1:07:47
3. Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech (KEN) 1:07:58
4. Worknesh Degefa (ETH) 1:09:06
5. Perendis Lekapana (KEN) 1:10:48
6. Linah Cheruto (KEN) 1:11:26
7. Zhang Deshun (CHINA) 1:12:17
8. Hao Xiaofan (CHINA) 1:14:34
1. Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 1:00:43
2. Edwin Kipyego (KEN) 1:00:44
3. Feyisa Lilesa (ETH) 1:00:45
4. Morris Munene Gachaga (KEN) 1:00:46
5. Emanuel Giniki Gisamoda (TAN) 1:00:47
6. Fentahun Hunegnaw (ETH) 1:01:21
7. Elijah Tirop Serem (KEN) 1:01:49
8. Joseph Tiophil Panga (TAN) 1:01:55