Peres Jepchirchir sprints to world record for women in London

Olympic champion comes out on top in a brilliant battle to put herself in pole position for Paris, while Mhairi Maclennan finishes top of the Brits on her debut at 26.2 miles

Peres Jepchirchir came out on top in the poker game, the elite women’s race at the London Marathon, sprinting away in the closing stages to break the women’s-only world record.

The Olympic champion’s victory, in 2:16:16, also strengthened her hand in the fight to be selected for the Kenyan team heading to Paris this summer. Her patience was rewarded when she beat Mary Keitany’s 2017 record of 2:17:01, also set in London.

Behind Jepchipchir was Ethiopian world record holder Tigist Assefa, who could not follow her rival’s race-deciding kick and finished in 2:16:23, one second ahead of London’s 2021 winner Joyciline Jepkosgei.

Mhairi Maclennan (London Marathon Events)

On her marathon debut, Mhairi Maclennan impressed by finishing 11e in 2:29:15 to finish top of the British women’s elite field. Becky Briggs was twelvee in 2:35:25 and Rachel Hodgkinson 13e at 2:36:49.

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