Peris Jepchirchir returns to reclaim her world record

Former world half marathon record holder Peris Jepchirchir has announced her return in athletics career after a two year maternity leave.

The Nandi based runner finished third in Sunday’s Kass marathon as she promised to break the world half record again when 2019 ushers in.

Jepchirchir, who only enjoyed the world half marathon for one month when she won Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Half marathon timing 65:06 with a world record was shattered by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei.

Jepkosgei went ahead to break the record to 64:51 as bitter Jepchirchir said she will be working her way to reclaim her world record.

“I felt so bitter wen my world record was shattered within a very short time but I have accepted and moved on. Though I want to reclaim back what I lost and now am in good shape,” said Jepchirchir.

On Sunday, Jepchirchir finished third timing 2:14.15 in her marathon behind winner Cynthia Jerop (2:39.16) and Beatrice Rutto (2:45.07).

Experienced road runner said she wants to emulate four time New York City marathon champion Mary Keitany.

“She is a great runner who as inspired many in this country. She came from maternity and performed well therefore am looking upon her as my mentor in this journey,” added Jepchircir.

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