Jepchirchir eyes world record attempt next year

NEW YORK: Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has said she could target the London, Berlin or Chicago marathons for a world record attempt next year as she builds on a successful run.

The 28-year-old Kenyan set the sport on fire by winning the New York City Marathon just 13 weeks after claiming gold in Tokyo, the first athlete to win the Olympic marathon and the Five Borough race in the same year.

She clinched her second major title five months later in Boston in a thrilling sprint, cementing her among the most dominant marathon runners of all time.

Jepchirchir, who wants to be the first woman to successfully defend her Olympic title in 2024, said she has even bigger goals in mind.

“I still have a job to do – I still have to run to try for marathon records,” she told Reuters on Friday, a day before competing in the 50th New York Mini 10K.

“London is a faster course, even Berlin, Chicago is a faster course… Those are the races that I can maybe try.”

Jepchirchir produced the fifth-fastest marathon of all time by a woman in December 2020, winning the Valencia Marathon in 2:17:16, and believes she is “not far off” from breaking the record of 2 :14.04 of his compatriot Brigid Kosgei established in 2019.

“I feel great – I’m so happy, I’m so happy with the improvement in my career,” she said.

Posted in Dawn, June 12, 2022