The reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir who clinched the London 2024 marathon has expressed her jolly after shredding the Women’s only world record previously set by her compatriot Mary Keitany.

She ran a bullet speed of 2:16:16, sweeping aside the competition from world record-holder Tigist Assefa, 2021 London winner Joyciline Jepkosgei, and last year’s runner-up Megertu Alemuh. She beat Keitany’s record by 45 seconds.

“I am feeling grateful. I am so happy for the victory. I was not expecting to run a world record — I knew it might be beaten, but I did not expect it to be me. I knew the history and the ladies were strong. I was working extra hard. My time was lower, but I’ve come good today and set a personal best” she stated as per BBC.

Discussing about defending her Olympic title in Paris, she backed herself to it.

 “I am so happy to qualify for the Olympics, and I feel grateful. I’m happy to be in Paris, and my prayer is to be there and run well to defend my title. I know it won’t be easy, but I’ll try my best,” she noted.


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