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Jepkosgei shifts focus to Valencia global event

Emmanuel Masinde @peoplesport11

World Half Marathon record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei turns her focus to IAAF/ Trinidad Alfonso World Half Marathon Championships slated for March 24 in Valencia, Spain.

Jepkosgei says she is ready through her coach to feature in IAAF World Half Marathon championships. “I am optimistic through my coach who is also my husband that I am going to prepare for the IAAF World half Marathon and hopeful to perform well,” said Jepkosgei.

However, Athletics Kenya (AK) said through executive committtee member Barnaba Korir that they are yet to name a team, which will only be ready after the coaching commission meets next month.

Jepkosgei has had a great season this year so far she has broken six world records with many who didn’t know her before eager to know where she has been all those years.

She attributes her success on the road to the over eight years she has been training. Last month she lowered her world marathon record to 64:51 at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain after clocking 64:52 in April for the world mark at the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.

En route to setting the world mark in Prague, she broke the 10km (30:05), 15km (45:37) and 20Km (61:25) before setting another 10km world record last month in Prague to 29:43. However, KDF officer started her running career in her junior level during her primary school before actively participating at the secondary level where she won a number of races.

In 2007 while a Form Two student at Cheptil High School, she won the cross-country title bare-footed proceeding to the nationals where she also prevailed. She says her athletic career and success is a culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance.

“I started running while at school and I won several races before joining professional running,” she added. Her coach Nicholas Koech said Joyciline has been performing well only that this season she is on her peak.

In 2014, Joyciline came fourth at the Standard Chartered Half marathon coming second at the First Lady Half Marathon in 2015. She also won 2016 Ziwa Farmers 10km race and settled second again last year at the Family Bank Half Marathon.

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