Kenya's Jepkosgei smashes three world records at Prague Half Marathon
Posted on:03 Apr 2017 11:13:30
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03 April 2017 Current Affairs: Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei has broken the world half marathon record as well as the 10km and 15km marks at the Prague Half Marathon on the way to winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in one hour, four minutes and 52 seconds.
The 23-year-old, who was competing in just her fifth half marathon to date, also smashed the world records for 10km and 15km en route to her victory.
Having covered the opening five kilometres in 14:53, Jepkosgei had defending champion Violah Jepchumba for company in the first half of the race as they passed through 10km in 30:05 and 30:06 respectively, both well inside the previous world record of 30:21 set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003.
Jepchumba couldn't quite keep up with Jepkosgei's relentless pace, though, and the gap between the pair grew to three seconds at 15km. Once again their respective splits of 45:37 and 45:40 surpassed the world record of 46:14 set by Florence Kiplagat in 2015.
Jepkosgei continued to pull away from her compatriot over the course of the final few kilometres and she went on to cross the finish line in 1:04:52, taking 14 seconds off the world record set earlier this year by Peres Jepchirchir.
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