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Peres Jepchirchir’s bold promise to Kenyans as he prepares for Olympic title defense

Women’s marathon world record holder, Peres Jepchirchir, has made a bold promise to all her fans and Kenyans in general ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where she is the defending women’s marathon champion.

Women’s marathon world record holder Peres Jepchirchir has set high ambitions ahead of defending her marathon title at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

During the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Jepchirchir oozed class as he cut the ribbon to win his first Olympic title and is confident of doing well as he heads to his second Olympic Games.

She has been selected alongside two-time Boston Marathon champion Hellen Obiri and former marathon world record holder Brigid Kosgei, and 2022 New York City Marathon champion Sharon Lokedi has been chosen as a reserve .

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Jepchirchir is clearly in the best shape of her life, as no more than two weeks ago she broke the women’s-only marathon world record at the London Marathon, where she clocked an impressive time of 2:16:16.

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“I want to wish the entire team the best and I would like to speak on behalf of the team. We thank God for being selected and we will go there as a team.

“Our hope is to run well because we know that we are going to run for Kenyans and not just for ourselves. “To you (fans), please pray for us and support us in any way and we will do our best…we promise this to our fans and all Kenyans.” Jepchirchir said during an interview.

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Meanwhile, the men’s category is headed by defending champion Eliud Kipchoge, who will look to make history as the first man to win three Olympic gold medals in the marathon.

The five-time Berlin Marathon champion will be joined by Tokyo Marathon champion Benson Kipruto and newly crowned London Marathon champion Alexander Mutiso. Timothy Kiplagat has been included in the team as a reserve.