Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya continued her stellar season on Sunday morning in Valencia, taking the win in the women’s marathon and running a 2:17:16 in her debut over the distance. She becomes the fifth-fastest woman to cover 42.2K. On top of her great race on Sunday, in 2020 alone Jepchirchir has become the reigning world half-marathon champion and has (twice) set the women-only half-marathon world record.
Second place went to Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2:18:40 and third place to Helalia Johannes of Namibia in 2:19:52. All three women ran huge personal bests.
Spectacular personal best, course record and world leader for Peres Jepchirchir at #ValenciaMarathon: 2:17:16 (unofficial).
For my money, she was the World Athlete of the Year. Two HM world records (women only races) and now the fastest marathon for 2020 (5th fastest all-time). pic.twitter.com/cEt5nmh4aT
— David Monti (@d9monti) December 6, 2020
Despite the fast course and good conditions, American Jordan Hasay struggled once again to pull off a strong marathon. Hasay finished a disappointing 27th, in 2:33:51. She has been targeting Deena Kastor‘s national record of 2:19:36 since she ran the second-fastest marathon of any American woman, a 2:20:57 in Chicago in 2017. However, since that run, the marathon times haven’t come so easily.
Hasay’s strongest result in the past two years came from the 2019 Boston Marathon, where she ran a 2:25:20 – an extremely impressive time on one of the hilliest marathon courses in the States. However, since Boston, Hasay has struggled. The 2019 Chicago Marathon fell just a few days after her former coach, Alberto Salazar, was suspended. She ultimately didn’t finish that race and went on to come 26th at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials a few months later. Neither of those results was what she had been hoping for. On Sunday, her 2:33 performance likely didn’t live up to her high standards, either.
Full marathon results can be found here.