Peres Jepchirchir clinched first place in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, narrowly winning the race with a late surge on the last mile.
The Kenyan runner finished with a time of 2:22:39, just four seconds in front of fellow Kenyan Viola Cheptoo.
“This race is a big moment for not only myself, but so many others and it’s moments like these and the athletes that make them are incredibly important and inspire many more to take up running,” Jepchirchir told Just Women’s Sports before the race.
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Jepchirchir is the first woman to win a major marathon and the Olympics in the same year, having captured gold in Tokyo just three months ago.
“Running really has changed my life,” she says. “It has been my passion since I was a little girl and now it’s something I do every day.”
Jepchirchir credits her speed to her shoes, the Adizero Adios Pro 2, which she also wore when she won in Tokyo.