Jepchirchir ready to impress her fans in Oregon

Olympic marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir has vowed not to let her fans down after she was named late in the marathon team ahead of the World Athletics marathon set for next month in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America.

The reigning world half marathon record holder, who was the late entry into the team said that she will be running for her fans who have gained their confidence while representing the country in major championships across the world.

“I was entered into the team due to the public demand and I must thank my fans who insisted that I should be in the team. I must thank God to be in team Kenya, Though I joined the team late, I must thank Athletics Kenya,” said Jepchirchir.

Just like the 2021 Olympic Games, the newly crowned Boston marathon champion was entered late into the team and went ahead to win the second Olympic Games marathon gold in a 1-2 podium finish for Kenya with Brigid Kosgei scooping silver.

“I thank fans who have confidence and trust in me. What I can tell my fans is to pray for me for good health on that day and I will try my best not to let you down. I have earned fans and the public demand because of what I have been doing. I ran well in the Tokyo Olympics even after I joined the team late, I went ahead to win the Olympic Games marathon title. So after that I gained public confidence,” added two time world half marathon champion.

She said that, initially she had rejected the offer but later accepted because she had just competed at the Boston marathon in April and she had little time to prepare.

“I won the Boston marathon in April and when I was told the first time, I did not accept but later I accepted because I had little time to train and prepare for the race. But I believe in myself that I can, the same way I did at the Olympics, I came back and went to compete at the New York marathon with a win,” said Jepchirchir.

“As a patriot I saw it was not good to honour the chance I have been offered. It is a big chance for me. After this, I want to retain my New York title in November. I decided to compete at the world championships before dealing with other races. Coming in late will not stop me from running well and better races in Oregon,” she said.

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