04 April 2017, 9am
Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon
Sat 1 April 2017
Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei broke four world records (subject to ratification) in the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon – just her fifth half marathon to date _writes John Mulkeen._
She reached 5km in 14:53 and 10km in 30:04 with defending champion Violah Jepchumba alongside her, besting Paula Radcliffe’s 30:21 from 2003. Thereafter a gap grew as Jepchumba trailed by 3 seconds at 15km (45:37/45:40) as Jepkosgei surpassed Florence Kiplagat’s 2015 record of 46:14. She passed through 20km in yet another world record of 1:01:25 and broke Peres Jepchichir’s recently established Half Marathon record in Ras Al Khaimah by 14 seconds. Her previous best was 1:06:08 from that same race – in which Jepchirchir recorded 1:05:06.