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Peres Jepchirchir shatters women-only world marathon record at TCS London Marathon 2024

Peres Jepchirchir secured a remarkable victory at the TCS London Marathon 2024, smashing the women-only world record by an impressive 45 secs.

Glen Andrews

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Peres Jepchirchir winning her third World Athletics Half-Marathon title in Riga, Latvia (Photo by Jane Monti for Race Results Weekly)

Peres Jepchirchir claimed a resounding victory at the TCS London Marathon 2024, obliterating the women-only world record by an impressive margin of 45 seconds.

The Olympic champion powered away from a small group of runners to cross the finish line in a remarkable time of 2:16:16 on Sunday (21) at the World Athletics Platinum Label road race.

“I wasn’t expecting to run a world record,” Jepchirchir told the BBC after the race. “I am so happy and very grateful.”

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In a race characterized by a swift tempo right from the start, a lead group of nine women set a brisk pace and clocked 31:26 at the 10km mark. As the race progressed, the pack dwindled to seven athletes by the halfway point, which they reached in 1:07:04.

It was around the 18-mile mark when the elite group of Peres Jepchirchir, Tigist Assefa, Joyciline Jepkosgei, and Megertu Alemu surged ahead, establishing themselves as the frontrunners for a significant portion of the race.

With the finish line in sight and the clock showing 2:15, Megertu Alemu was unable to maintain the pace set by the leading trio.

Shortly thereafter, Jepchirchir, the Tokyo Olympic champion and the three-time world half marathon gold medal winner, unleashed a decisive burst of speed in London to surge away, leaving her competitors Jepkosgei and Assefa trailing behind.

The Kenyan athlete’s electrifying performance culminated in a record-breaking time of 2:16:16, eclipsing the previous women-only world record of 2:17:01 set by Mary Keitany in 2017.

Read Also: Tigst Assefa smashes world record at Berlin Marathon 2023; Eliud Kipchoge wins 5th title

Jepchirchir’s victory marks her third triumph in a World Marathon Majors event, solidifying her status as a dominant force in the world of endurance running.

Top 10 results from the TCS London Marathon 2024

Women
1. Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) — 2:16:16 (women’s only WR)
2. Tigst Assefa (ETH) — 2:16:23
3. Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) — 2:16:24
4. Megertu Alemu (ETH) — 2:16:34
5. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) — 2:19:02
6. Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) — 2:19:31
7. Tigist Ketema (ETH) — 2:23:21
8. Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) — 2:23:26
9. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) — 2:24:36
10. Tsige Haileslase (ETH) — 2:25:03

About The Author

Glen Andrews

Glen Andrews is one of World-Track main writers for long distance and marathon running. Andrews, who competed in cross country during his High School and college years finds passion covering these events. He's also run a few marathons in his time, and still hopes to qualify for Boston.

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