Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei will be the two most anticipated athletes for the title at the Boston Marathon. The race is scheduled for Monday 18 April.
It's an unmissable event on the World Athletics circuit. The Boston Marathon is an opportunity for the world's best athletes to test themselves. Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei, who are among the best women in the 42 km, will be taking part. They have already launched the hostilities before the real battle in the streets of Boston, on Monday 18 April 2022. "I feel good and I feel fit," says Jepchirchir. "It will be a good race because there are a lot of strong women in this field," she adds. "I have been focusing on this race for the last three months. I know the course is tough, but I am prepared and I feel strong. I will do my best," Jepkosgei replied.
Both Kenyans have already achieved great things over the distance. Jepkosgei won the 2019 New York Marathon in 2h22mn38s. She even narrowly missed the course record. A month later, Jepchirchir set a world record with a time of 2:23:50 at the Saitama Marathon. She will follow her rival to the New York City Marathon in 2021, after the 2020 edition was cancelled due to Covid-19.
In December 2020, the Valencia marathon had the honour of bringing them together at the kick-off. Jepchirchir was the first to cross the finish line after 2h17mn16s. Jepkosgei finished second with a time of 2h18mn40s. Last summer in Tokyo, while Jepkosgei was absent, Jepchirchir won the Olympic title. Her rival was content to win in London (2h17mn43s). In their head-to-head meetings, Jepchirchir has won three times so far: two in the half marathon and one in the marathon.