1. Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) 2:24:04
2. Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) 2:24:13
3. Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) 2:24:30
4. Tirfi Tsegaye (Ethiopia) 2:24:47
5. Volha Mazuronak (Belarus) 2:24:48
6. Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:25:22
126. Claudette Mukasakindi (Rwanda) 3:05:57
Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong won gold in the women’s marathon on Sunday in two hours, 24 minutes and four seconds after an aggressive and pre-planned surge in the final kilometres, becoming the first Kenyan woman to take the title.
Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver in 2:24:13 while Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze in 2:24:30.
Meanwhile, Rwanda’s Claudette Mukasakindi’s finished 126th out of the 133 runners, who completed the 42km race, with 157 athletes having started the race.
The 33-year old Mukasakindi clocked three hours, 5 minutes and 57 seconds, which was way below the time she posted on her Olympic debut in London four years ago when she finished 101st with a time of 2:51:07.
Sumgong’s gold is also Kenya’s first medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games that started on August 5 and will end on August 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ethiopia’s Tirfi Tsegaye, who was also among the big favourites, finished 4th after clocking 2:24:47 while Volha Mazuronak of Belarus came in fifth place using 2:24:48.
The women’s marathon Olympic record is 2:23:07 and was set by Ethiopian gold medalist Tiki Gelana at the 2012 London Games, while Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe holds the world record of 2:17:42, set in 2005.