Jepchirchir’s distance was covered in one hour in five minutes and 16 seconds, beating second place winner Melat Jisak Kejet from Germany by two seconds. A second later, the Ethiopian Jalmzerfa Jehualava finished.
At the beginning of September, Jepchirchir fixed the record by 18 seconds. The absolute world record for women, corrected with the help of the tempo-keeper men, is one hour, four minutes and 31 seconds, set by the Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh in February this year.
Meanwhile, Kejeta set a European record in the half marathon.
Jepchirchir was also crowned world champion in the half marathon in 2016 in Cardiff.
In the men’s competition, Kiplimo crossed the finish line in 58 minutes and 49 seconds, breaking the championship record. Five seconds later, Kibicot Candy from Kenya completed the distance, but 14 seconds behind him was the Ethiopian Amedevork Valelgen.
Favorite for the title Joshua Cheptegie settled for fourth place, 13 seconds behind the podium.
The half-marathon world championship was scheduled for March 29, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed to the fall. In the winter, it was reported that the Latvian national team would be represented in the championship by Karīna Helmane-Soročenkova and Edgars Šumskis, but after the transfer of the championship, Latvia did not participate in them in the autumn.
There were quick races at the World Championships this year, with athletes breaking several records. In the men’s competition, the Estonian record with one hour, two minutes and 20 seconds was set by Tīdreks Nurme, who won the 41st place, but a new Lithuanian record – one hour and four minutes – was reached by Remīgijus Kančis, who finished in the 82nd position. The Latvian record is Valērija Žolnerovica’s result achieved in 2011 one hour four minutes and 43 seconds.