Kajuga runs PB in 10,000m Olympic final
Men’s Final Results
1 Farah GBR 27:30.42
2 Rupp USA 27:30.90
3 Bekele ETH 27:31.43
Rwanda’s debutant Olympian Robert Kajuga set a personal best time of 27:56.67 to finish 14th in the London Olympics 10,000m men’s final last night at the Olympic Stadium.
The 27-year old, who went into the competition with a best time of 28:03:24 made the most drastic improvement of his career, setting an impressive time in one of the most closely contested race ever.
Somali-born Mo Farah became the first Briton to win Olympic 10,000m gold with a tremendous victory in the Olympic Stadium. The 29-year-old won in a time of 27 minutes, 30.42 seconds.
Farah’s triumph ended a run of four successive Ethiopian wins and stopped Kenenisa Bekele from winning a third consecutive title.
Galen Rupp of the United States finished second, while Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele finished third. The two-time champion finished fourth, behind his young brother.
The gold is Farah’s first Olympic medal in his second Games - four years ago in Beijing, he failed to qualify for the 5,000m final.
Mukasakindi in action today
Rwanda’s Claudette Mukasakindi takes on the greatest women’s marathon field ever assembled in history as the race features seven of the 17 women in history who have gone sub-2hrs:20.
The 42km full women marathon race will be held through central London at 12.00pm. Hundreds of spectators are expected to line the route of the event.
Mukasakindi qualified on a 10,000m wildcard but later switched to the marathon where she has better chances of improving her personal best time of 2:40:18 she attained in Cagliari marathon in May this year.
Among the ladies to watch include 39-year-old Irina Mikitenko of Germany, who broke 2:20 in 2008, World silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo, Berlin Marathon winner Florence Kiplagat and Lucy Kabuu (all Kenyans).
Others are Russia’s Liliya Shobukova, who is the second fastest marathoner in history thanks to the 2:18:20 she ran in Chicago last year, Kenya’s Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Ethiopian trio of Tiki Gelana, Aselefech Mergia and Mare Dibaba.
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