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Peres Jepchirchir will return to the New York City Marathon in 2022

The Kenyan is the only athlete in the world who has won the Olympic, NYC and Boston marathons

Photo by: Kevin Morris

Olympic gold medallist and 2021 New York City Marathon champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya will return to defend her title at the NYC marathon on Nov. 6, 2022, the New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced this week. Jepchirchir is the only athlete in the world who has won the Olympic marathon, the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon (which she did this year).

When she won New York last November, Jepchirchir became the first Olympic champion to win this marathon. 

Jepchirchir has a long string of world records to her name; she won the Ottawa 10K in 2016 before going on to set the women’s half-marathon world record at the 2017 RAK Half-Marathon (her first world record), in 1:05:06. In 2020, she smashed the women-only half-marathon world record at Prague, in 1:05:34, and the following month she broke it again in Poland at the world half-marathon championships, where she took the win in 1:05:16. In 2021 she pulled away from world marathon record-holder Brigid Kosgei in Tokyo to take Olympic gold in 2:27:20, before going on to win New York in November.

Ottawa marathon
Peres Jepchirchir collapses at the finish line of the 2016 Ottawa 10K

The big question is whether Olympic gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge will race New York this year. The GOAT of marathon running has said he’d like to win all six Abbott World Major marathons, having already bagged Chicago, Tokyo, London (four times) and Berlin (three times; he set the world record here in 2018).