Peres Jepchirchir sets new world record as Kenyan athletes excel in 2024 London Marathon

Peris Jepchirchir and Alexander Mutiso made impressive achievements at the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Mutiso secured his first title in a time of 2:04.01, closely followed by Kenenisa Bekele who finished second.

Jepchirchir won the women’s race, crossing the finish line in 2:16.16, outpacing elite athletes such as Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa and former world record holder Brigid Kosgei. Her time was also 45 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Mary Keitany.

During the race, Jepchirchir, Assefa, and Jepkosgei broke away from Alemu and battled it out for the top positions. Assefa ultimately finished second with a time of 2:16.23, while Jepkosgei settled for third, crossing the line in 2:16.24.

Jepchirchir’s victory was a remarkable comeback, considering her challenges with injuries during the 2023 season. Mutiso’s win is significant as he is expected to represent Kenya in the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.

His performance positions him as a contender alongside the likes of Eliud Kipchoge and Benson Kipruto. On the women’s side, Jepkosgei is expected to team up with other accomplished runners such as Rosemary Wanjiru, Brigid Kosgei, Ruth Chepngetich, and Hellen Obiri in future events.

These achievements mark an important moment in the careers of both Jepchirchir and Mutiso, showcasing their potential in the world of marathon running and their contribution to Kenya’s strong tradition in the sport.

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