Former world half marathon record holder Peres Jepchirchir was feted today with her world record ahead Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half marathon set for this weekend.
It will also be one of the fierce battles as former Barcelona marathon champion Valary Aiyabei Jemeli takes on Jepchirchir who was presented today with the AIMS World Record Award for her run in 2017 with a world record in a time of 65:06.
Competing at international race after maternity leave since 2017, Jepchirchir will battle Jemeli who has dominated local races as she returns RAK with a view of starting a new year on high note.
The winner of 2018 Beijing marathon title said the race will be her first outing in 2019 and wishes to come home with a title despite the race attracting top names from Kenya and Ethiopia, who can pose a great challenge in this year’s race.
Jemeli said she was using the event as part of her preparations for the race since she is not interested in competing at the world cross country championships in Aarhus Denmark in March despite dominating in local cross country meetings.
“My target is to win RAK race to start the year on a high note. I have been training well and competing at RAK will be my eye opener as many marathons have lined up across the world,” she said.
The duo will line-up against Chemususu Dam half marathon champion Delvin Meringor and Naomi Chebet as well as Ethiopia’s world half marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta an Alia Mohammed Saeed.
“I am the best when it comes to road races and today (Sunday) I wanted to use this race as part of my training ahead of RAK. My consistence in road races has paid off,” said Jemeli.