Reigning Boston half marathon champion Joan Chelimo Melly is focused to get her personal best at this year’s Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) half marathon set for 9th February.
Chelimo, the runner who was named in the world half marathon team by Athletics Kenya as a reserved runner said her focus at RAK is not just to run but in prove on her personal best of 66:25 she set last year when she finished second at Copenhagen half marathon.
As a faster course, with two world records set, the Iten based runner ruled out breaking the world half marathon record currently held by her neighbor Joyciline Jepkosgei standing at 64:01.
“Am better than the way I did 66:25 at Copenhagen in September so I feel like breaking my personal best in RAK and I will be so happy because I cannot talk about world record right now but I feel like I will do my personal best,” said the reigning Berlin marathon champion.
After coming out of sabbatical leave of three years, Chelimo recorded three wins and second finisher and last Saturday, she won Elgeyo Marakwet County championships ahead of Africa cross country championships.
“The event was good and part of my training ahead of RAK half marathon next month. Today I was testing my speed and endurance. Though am not a cross country runner but I just wanted to test how the speed is since am a road runner,” added Boston 10km champion.
The 2014 Cardiff half marathon champion said that if she will make to the team at the world half marathon set for Valencia in March, Chelimo said she has been preparing for the race since last year.
“I was really hoping to be selected as part of the team for world half but I am happy because I have been selected as a reserve. I feel like am really good and my form is really good, hoping to run well in Valencia. I have had preparations since April last year so am so excited to be part of the team,” said 2014 Wachau half marathon champion.
Last year, Peres Jepchicrchir (65:06) broke the world half marathon record on RAK course but was later lowered by Jepkosgei.
With Jepchirchir out of competition due to maternity leave, a new champion will be found come 9th February.