Two Kenyans, Peres Jepchirchir and Albert Korir, have both won gold medals at the iconic New York City Marathon in women and men’s division respectively.
27-year-old Albert Korir clinched the prize in men’s category in the marathon after he got to the crossing lines in 2 hours, 8minutes and 22 seconds. His victory was a comeback after he got the second position in the same event in 2019. His career in long distance races has taken him to different continents in the world and gotten him accolades and medals including Vienna city marathon in 2017 where he won a gold medal.
28-year-old Peres Jepchirchir on the other hand won the women’s category of the same competition with a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes and 39 seconds. Jepchirchir was the only woman to compete for a marathon after she won an Olympic gold medal.
Prior to this particular competition, she got a gold medal at IAAF World Half Marathon Championship in 2016 and got another gold medal in the same competition in 2020. She broke her own record in Gdynia, Poland in 2020 after she finished at 1hour, 5 minutes and 16 seconds at the World Athletics Half Marathon Championship
The New York City Marathon was the first for the year after it was cancelled last year due to the global pandemic. This year’s had 30,000 participants which was a decline compared to 2019 which had almost 60,000 participants.