|IAAF World Half Marathon Championships|
Peres Jepchirchir (born 27 September 1993) is a Kenyan female long-distance runner who competes mainly in road running competitions. She was the gold medallist at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2016. Her best time for the half marathon of 1:05:06, set on 10 February 2017 in UAE, is a former half marathon world record.
Jepchirchir ran track while at school and was spurred on by the achievements of Mary Keitany, who was a world half marathon champion at the time. She began to compete in road races in 2013, starting with two wins at 10K runs in South Africa, then a third-place finish at the Kisumu Marathon in her native Kenya, finishing the distance in 2:47:33 hours. She turned to cross country running at the start of 2014 and managed to take second place to Faith Kipyegon at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships – her first significant finish at national level.
Her talent was spotted by Gianni Demadonna's team and she began to earn invitations to high level European road races. She won three straight races in France in late 2014, winning the Le Lion Half Marathon (in a course record of 69:12 minutes), the Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale, then the Corrida de Houilles. She was narrowly runner-up to Janet Kisa at the end-of-year BOclassic 5K.
She made her highest profile appearance yet at the 2015 London Marathon, but failed to build on her shorter distance achievements, as she could not finish the full marathon distance. However, she began to reach the peaks of road running in 10K and half marathon that year. Her best of 30:55 minutes at the Prague Grand Prix was the second fastest globally for the season and one week later she set a course record of 67:17 minutes to win the Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon – a time which placed her seventh on the year's top lists. She also defended her title in Marseille in October.
Jepchirchir set a new best of 66:39 minutes at the 2016 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. Despite the fast time, which moved her to 13th on the all-time lists, the strength in depth of the race left her in fourth some way behind winner Cynthia Cherotich Limo while six women ran quicker than 67 minutes (a first for the sport). This performance earned her a place on the Kenyan team for the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The five-woman team led out the start of the race, with Ethiopia's Netsanet Gudeta and Genet Yalew also in contention. As the race progressed, this was whittled down to a Kenyan trio of Jepchirchir, Limo and Mary Wacera Ngugi, and this eventually resulted in a sprint finish between Limo and Jepchirchir. Despite having been among the least experienced and well-known of the Kenyan team, it was Jepchirchir who emerged as world champion, finishing the race in 67:31 minutes and leading the Kenyan women to the team title and a podium sweep with Limo and Ngugi.
A course record came at the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon in April, with her run of 67:21 minutes. At the 2017 RAK Half Marathon she broke two world records. She took three seconds off Florence Kiplagat's half marathon record in 65:06 minutes and set the 20K world record at 61:40 minutes. Her position as the world's best was short-lived, however, as Joyciline Jepkosgei (third at the RAK race) broke both her world records the following month.
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||Cardiff, United Kingdom||1st||Half marathon||1:07:31 min|
Road race wins
- Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon: 2016
- Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale: 2014, 2015
- Ústí nad Labem Half Marathon: 2015
- Le Lion Half Marathon: 2014
- Prague Grand Prix 10K: 2015
- Corrida de Houilles 10K: 2014
- Jepchirchir shatters course record at Usti nad Labem Half Marathon. IAAF (2015-09-12). Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Peres Chepchirchir. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Mutuota, Mutwiri (2014-02-15). Karoki and Kipyegon win in Nairobi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Peres Jepchirchir. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Le Lion Half Marathon. ARRS (2015-10-01). Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Minshull, Phil (2014-10-26). Mbishei and Chepchirchir make it a Kenyan double at the Marseille-Cassis 20km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Sampaolo, Diego (2014-12-31). Edris ends Merga's streak in Bolzano as Kisa leads Kenyan 1-2. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- senior outdoor 2015 10 Kilometres women. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Jepchirchir runs world-leading 10km, 30:55 in Prague. IAAF (2015-09-05). Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- senior outdoor 2015 Half Marathon women. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Kipyego and Jepchirchir triumph at challenging Marseille-Cassis 20km. IAAF (2015-10-25). Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Minshull, Phil (2016-02-12). Limo leads home a record six women under 67 minutes at the RAK Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Geoffrey Kamworor, Karoki beat Farah as Peres Jepchirchir wins women's category. Kenya Standard (2016-03-26). Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2016-03-26). Report: women's race – IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships Cardiff 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-03-26.
- Wu, Vincent (2016-04-24). World champion Jepchirchir sets course record at Yangzhou Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-04-24.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2017-02-10). Jepchirchir breaks world half marathon record in Ras al-Khaimah. IAAF. Retrieved on 2017-04-01.
- Mulkeen, Jon (2017-04-01). Jepkosgei breaks four world records at Prague Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2017-04-01.