Former world half marathon champion Peris Jepchirchir will return into action after a maternity leave during Sunday’s Kass Marathon.
The former world half marathon record holder will be making her debut in the 42km distance where the race will start at Kapsabet Boys in Nandi County to Eldoret Sports Club in Uasin Gishu County, with Jepchirchir, while running will pass by her home at Namgoi Village, Nandi County.
The athlete, who has been training in Kapsabet, said she was happy her training was injury free and she will contest for a podium finish.
“I decided to participate in Kass Marathon to gauge my performance as I shift my gears to the 42km race. This will determine my future as I look forward to participating in bigger marathon races,” said Jepchirchir.
Jepchirchir broke the world half marathon record in 2017 at Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half Marathon. She took three seconds off Florence Kiplagat’s record in 65:06 minutes and set the 20km world record at 61:40 minutes.
Her position as the world’s fastest was short-lived tough, as Joyciline Jepkosgei broke both her world records the following month. In 2016, Jepchirchir was selected to represent Kenya in the World Half Marathon Championships where she bagged gold medal in 67:31 minutes.