Aiyabei Sets New Record In Prague.

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Valary Ayabei set a new record at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon to win in2:21:57. The Kenyan, who just five weeks ago had finished fourth in the Prague Half Marathon behind country mate Joyciline Jepkosgei, was determined to win the race and maintained his place in the front row from the start. She reached the 25 km mark in 1:21:23 where her pace started reducing but sensing that Ethiopian duo of Beriso and Bekele were closing in on her, she chose to maintain the pace and went on to win the race in a record time, breaking the previous record set by fellow Kenyan Lydia Cheromei in 2011. Beriso and Bekele finished in 2:22:15 and 2:22:23 respectively to take up the remaining top three slots. “I feel good because I prepared well,” said Aiyabei. “I started the race very fast and I could not keep up with the pace. The bridges and the wind made it difficult but I am happy.” This is her third personnal best following wins in Barcelona last year in 2:25:26 and Valencia last year in 2:24:48.

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