Joyciline Jepkosgei crossed the finish line at the Prague Half Marathon. Photo: Twitter - @iaaforg
PRAGUE, Czech Republic – Kenya's Joyciline Jepkosgei broke the world record for the women's half marathon on Saturday in Prague, becoming the first female to beat the 1hr 5min mark.

The 23-year-old completed the Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon in the scorching time of 1hr 4min 52sec, to smash the previous record set by compatriot Peres Jepchirchir in Dubai in February by 14 seconds.

On a sunny day in the Czech capital, Jepkosgei beat compatriots Violah Jepchumba by 30 seconds and Fancy Chemutai by more than two minutes in the IAAF Gold Label Race.

Ethiopia's Tamirat Tola dominated the men's race in 59min 37sec, seeing off Kenya's Josphat Kimutai Tanui and Geoffrey Yegon by over a minute.

Jepkosgei, competing in just her fifth half marathon to date, also set new records for 10km, 15km and 20km en route to her victory (pending ratification).