Jepkosgei eyeing glory past Dibaba in Delhi


Joyciline Jepkosgei wins the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/AFP/Getty Images)
Joyciline Jepkosgei wins the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/AFP/Getty Images)

In Summary

  • World Half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei is brimming with confidence ahead of her challenge against Ethiopian legend Tirunesh Dibaba at this years’ Airtel Delhi Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday 21, October.
  • The duo have met twice before, recently being at this year’s 10km Great Manchester Run held in May where Dibaba won the race in 31:08 ahead of Jepkosgei who finished second clocking 31:57.
  • Jepkosgei hit the headlines April last year after a scintillating form in the 21km race that saw her set a world record of 1:04.52 in Prague.

World Half marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei is brimming with confidence ahead of her challenge against Ethiopian legend Tirunesh Dibaba at this years’ Airtel Delhi Half Marathon scheduled for Sunday 21, October.

The duo have met twice before, recently being at this year’s 10km Great Manchester Run held in May where Dibaba won the race in 31:08 ahead of Jepkosgei who finished second clocking 31:57.

Jepkosgei hit the headlines April last year after a scintillating form in the 21km race that saw her set a world record of 1:04.52 in Prague.

She would lower it by a second in the Valencia Half Marathon six months later to the current 1:04:51.

The 24-year old has however not managed to replicate her hitherto form this year, as she settled for silver when she returned to Valencia for the IAAF World Half held in March where she clocked 1:06.54 behind Ethiopia’s Netsanet Kebede, who won at 1:06:11.

With the Sunday’s race being her maiden visit to India, Jepkosgei is out to make a mark in the Indian capital although she is wary of the enormous task that awaits her.

“First, I’m happy to race in India because I have not been there before. My preparations so far have been good and I am hopeful of having a nice outing once again,” Jepkosgei told Citizen Digital.

The prospect of lining up alongside the three-time Olympic gold medalist and a host of Kenyan athletes is a mouthwatering for Jepkosgei who fancy challenges.

“I understand that the competition will be stiff especially with the likes of Dibaba and my fellow Kenyans in the mix but that is what makes good races,” added Jepkosgei who revealed that she has embarked training on full marathon.

The Iten-based athlete is set to leave for the Asian nation on Thursday, hoping to stop bounce back to winning ways .

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race is fast becoming competitive in the global stage having attracted star athletes including World marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui who graced the 2017 event.

Report by Gilbert Kiprotich

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