Peres Jepchirchir Smashes Women's Marathon World Record at London Marathon

Kenyan marathon star Peres Jepchirchir sets new women-only world record at London Marathon, boosting her confidence ahead of defending her Olympic title in Paris 2024.

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Peres Jepchirchir Smashes Women's Marathon World Record at London Marathon

Peres Jepchirchir Smashes Women's Marathon World Record at London Marathon

On April 21, 2024, Kenyan Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir set a new women-only marathon world record of 2:16:16 at the 44th London Marathon, surpassing the previous record of 2:17:01 set by compatriot Mary Jepkosgei Keitany in 2017. Jepchirchir sprinted clear of three rivals in the final stages to claim the victory, with her time also quick enough to beat the overall women's world record of 2:11:38 set by Tigst Assefa in 2023.

Jepchirchir, 30, pulled away over the final 300 meters in a sprint finish to secure the victory. Tigst Assefa of Ethiopia finished second in 2:16.23, and Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya was third in 2:16.24. Jepchirchir said she was not expecting to set a world record, but her strong finishing kick helped her secure the win.

Why this matters: Jepchirchir's record-breaking performance cements her status as one of the greatest female marathon runners of all time. Her victory in London also boosts her confidence as she prepares to defend her Olympic title at the Paris 2024 Games.

In the men's race, Alexander Mutiso Munyao of Kenya held off Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia to triumph on his London debut in 2:04:01. Bekele, 41, finished second, 14 seconds behind Mutiso Munyao. Emile Cairess of Britain was third in 2:06:46, the second fastest time ever by a British man.

The London Marathon also saw impressive performances in the wheelchair races, with Switzerland's Marcel Hug winning a record fourth consecutive men's title and Catherine Debrunner securing her second women's crown. Prior to the race, the event paid tribute to last year's winner Kelvin Kiptum, who was killed in a car crash in Kenya in February.

Reflecting on her stunning victory, Jepchirchir said, "I was not expecting to run that fast, as I was trying to work extra hard to defend my Olympic title. The win should cement my place on Kenya's Olympic team for the Paris 2024 Olympics, which was my main focus." Her world record-breaking run in London serves as a testament to her incredible talent and determination, setting the stage for an exciting showdown at the upcoming Olympic Games.

Key Takeaways

  • Kenyan runner Peres Jepchirchir set a new women-only marathon world record of 2:16:16.
  • Jepchirchir's time also beat the overall women's world record of 2:11:38 set in 2023.
  • Kenyan Alexander Mutiso Munyao won the men's race, defeating Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele.
  • Swiss Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner won the wheelchair races.
  • Jepchirchir's record-breaking performance boosts her confidence ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics.