Gydnia, POLAND, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir bettered the women’s-only half marathon world record when she took gold in a closely-fought race at the World Athletics half marathon championships in Gdynia on Saturday.
Jepchirchir, 27, finished in a time of one hour, five minutes and 16 seconds to improve her own mark set in Prague last month, claiming the title for the second time having won it in Cardiff in 2016.
Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya celebrates after beating the World Record (1:05:16) and winning the women’s race of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia, Poland, in October 17, 2020. (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI / AFP) (Photo by MATEUSZ SLODKOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Germany’s Melat Yisak Kejeta crossed the line two seconds behind to take silver while Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw was third a further second adrift.
Uganda’s 19-year-old Jacob Kiplimo won the men’s race with a championship record time of 58 minutes and 49 seconds to upset Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie who took silver. Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn finished third.
Kandie was the fastest man over the distance this year having run 58:38 in Prague last month.
Kiplimo’s compatriot Joshua Cheptegei, who holds both the 5,000m and 10,000m world records, finished in a time of 59:21 on his half marathon debut to earn fourth place.
The event was originally scheduled for March but was postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of her three-month wedding anniversary, Princess Beatrice has finally spoken out about one of the biggest days of her life.
The royal daughter of Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew wed her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small private ceremony on July 17, two months after the coronavirus pandemic interfered with her previously planned May nuptials. After the low-key event at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Buckingham Palace confirmed they were married in a public statement.
On Friday, Oct. 16, the newlywed expressed her gratitude to the public in a rare tweet. “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July,” she wrote. “Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together.”
The 32-year-old also reflected on wearing her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II‘s dress for the special occasion as it is currently on display at Windsor Castle until mid-November.
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“It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day,” Beatrice wrote. “I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle.”
Thanks to the gown and tiara, the bride had the sweetest solution to the “something borrowed” wedding tradition.
“Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress by Norman Hartnell and the Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, both belonging to Her Majesty The Queen,” the royal family previously confirmed on Twitter. “The tiara was worn by Her Majesty on her wedding day in 1947.” Thanks to a photo of the British monarch in the dress from 1962, fans can see the subtle changes that were made for Beatrice’s nuptials, including the addition of puff sleeves and a new hem.
And now, with the dress, shoes and a replica bouquet on display, fans can get an up-close look at the royal wedding ensemble—if they find themselves in England with a face mask, that is.
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“It was touching for both of them,” a friend of the bride tells PEOPLE
Princess Beatrice has broken her silence on her wedding day joy.
In a rare message on the royal’s personal Twitter account, Beatrice thanked the public for their well-wishes and spoke of her joy to be able to wear a hand-me-down dress from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
“It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle,” the newlywed wrote on Friday, retweeting the Royal Collection Trust’s tweet from September when as per royal tradition the dress went on display.
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It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle https://t.co/iy5McD5ClH
Beatrice also thanked the public for their kind wishes on her special day, sharing two of the official photographs, she wrote: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together.”
Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together ❤️ pic.twitter.com/bGwGYB2WvF
In a new interview with the Financial Times’ “How To Spend It” website, her property developer husband also opened up about his wedding attire, revealing that he had helped design his morning suit from the Savile Row tailor, Huntsman. “It was a wonderful process and for the rest of my life, every time I put on the suit, I’ll feel happy,” he said.
Benjamin Wheeler/PA Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Beatrice made a last-minute request to borrow the Queen’s 1960’s-era Norman Hartnell dress after having to postpone her May wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic. In July, she wed fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small, private ceremony with just a handful of people present, including the Queen at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor.
Daily Mail/Shutterstock Queen Elizabeth at the premiere of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962
The dress, which was last seen in 1966 when the Queen wore it to the State Opening of Parliament, was also worn to the London premiere of Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and before that, to a state dinner in Rome in 1961.
Benjamin Wheeler/PA Wire Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on their wedding day, July 17, 2020
Not only did Beatrice get to wear the stunning vintage dress from her grandmother,
Princess Beatrice breaks social media silence three months after wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Princess Beatrice has thanked royal well-wishers for their heartwarming messages, three months after she secretly tied the knot to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Taking to her Twitter page on Friday, the royal shared two official photos from her big day and said: “Thank you to everyone who has sent in and tweeted their best wishes for our special day in July. Edo and I are so excited to embark on this new chapter together [heart emoji].“
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She also made reference to her vintage wedding gown, which was loaned to Beatrice by her grandmother, the Queen, who first wore the gown for a State dinner in Rome in 1961. Her Majesty also wore the dress again to the London premiere of the film Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 and the State Opening of Parliament in 1966.
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“It was an honour to wear my grandmother’s beautiful dress on my wedding day, I hope many of you are able to visit the exhibition which is still open at Windsor Castle,” she added.
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Over the summer, Beatrice and her husband, property developer Edoardo, surprised the world after they revealed they had secretly got married during the pandemic. While the couple were due to marry at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace, followed by a reception at Buckingham Palace, they actually ended up marrying in Windsor.
Their ceremony was attended only by the couple’s parents, siblings, Edoardo’s son Wolfie, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
One of the official wedding photos the royal shared on her Twitter page (picture credit Benjamin Wheeler)
Meanwhile, with coronavirus restrictions limiting the number of guests at their reception, they celebrated afterwards with 14 close friends in the grounds of Princess Beatrice’s family home, Royal Lodge Windsor.
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Beatrice, 32, and Edoardo, 37, were believed to have originally invited over 100 family and friends, but were forced to reduce their numbers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In a new interview with the Financial Times, Edo gave royal fans a rare insight into their married life together. “My favourite room in my house is the kitchen,” he said. “I’ve fallen in love with cooking again.
“It’s been the epicentre of our family life and we come together for every meal. We are lucky enough to have a small vegetable garden and we cook seasonally. Even my son has got involved.” He also admitted that the only “object I would never part with is my wedding ring”.