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Race news Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon

10 February 2017, 11am

Jepchirchir runs 1:05:06 at RAK Half Marathon (UAE), beats Kiplagat’s Barcelona time by three seconds

New world record in women’s half marathon

RAK Half Marathon
Fri 10 February 2017

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World champion Peres Jepchirchir broke the women’s world record, but was pushed all the way by former world and course record holder Mary Keitany _writes Tim Hutchings._

Jepchirchir, who finished in 1:05:06, shaved three seconds off the time her compatriot Florence Kiplagat set in Barcelona two years ago. Fully recovered from a bout of pneumonia at the end of 2016 the 23-year old, 4th in RAK last year, also broke the world record for 20km (mixed race) with 61:40 — 14 seconds faster than the mark set by Kiplagat in Barcelona.

In the men’s race World Half Marathon runner-up Bedan Karoki surged to victory over the last 3km after having made much of the running in the second half of the race once the pacemakers had stepped aside. Behind him rising star Yigrem Demelash broke his personal best by 29 seconds.

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