Kenya lands first Olympic gold in Rio

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.

Women’s Marathon

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.

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Rwanda's Mukasakindi, pictured racing towards the finish line of the 42km women's marathon on Sunday. / Internet photo.

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.

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