Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic females’s marathon in Sapporo on Saturday, outduelling compatriot Brigid Kosgei within the closing minutes and claiming her country’s 2d consecutive gold medal within the tournament.
Kosgei took silver and Molly Seidel of the US, competing in precisely her third marathon after shifting up from shorter distances, claimed bronze.
Kenyans Kosgei, the world document-holder, and world champion Ruth Chepngetich had been favourites to win gold on Saturday.
However it absolutely changed into as soon as two-time world half marathon champion Jepchirchir who came out on high after breaking out of a virtual tie with Kosgei at the 40km label where she determined to waste her switch.
“When I changed into as soon as there I said, wow, I’m going to waste it. So I pushed the mosey on memoir of I knew I changed into as soon as going to win,” Jepchirchir said.
“I’m so, so overjoyed on memoir of we win as Kenya, first and 2d … I’m overjoyed, for my family, overjoyed for my country Kenya for supporting us.”
Jepchirchir completed with a time of 2: 27: 20, 16 seconds earlier than Kosgei and 26 seconds in front of Seidel.
Kenya joins Japan as the most efficient countries to win relieve-to-relieve gold medals within the tournament. It leads all countries with seven medals total since the females’s marathon joined the Olympic programme in 1984.
“I ought to pronounce thanks for my colleagues who knowledgeable with me, on memoir of I carry silver and my friend brings gold and we are definitely, definitely overjoyed,” Kosgei said.
Seidel becomes the third American to medal within the tournament, after gold medal winner Joan Benoit in 1984 and bronze medallist Deena Kastor in 2004.
“Holy crap, these are females that I had on posters on my wall after I changed into as soon as a kid. It’s lawful something else,” Seidel said.
“So as to be placed with them in US historical previous, it’s lawful an honour.”
Struggling with sizzling and humid conditions, Chepngetich dropped out spherical the 30km label, while Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km stage after taking a anticipate admire a steady contender for bronze.
The jog changed into as soon as moved to Sapporo from Tokyo earlier than the Games with a view to beat the sweltering summer heat within the Eastern capital. However a heatwave has been sweeping the assign, and even after rescheduling the jog to starting up an hour earlier at 6am, temperatures had climbed from 26°C initially of the jog to 30°C by 9am.
Sally Kipyego of the US, who changed into as soon as with the leaders’ pack at the midway point but completed bigger than five minutes off the lead, said the heat changed into as soon as “fully” a component.
“I knew that I changed into as soon as definitely fit coming in, in teach that efficiency is nowhere near my fitness. I know the heat had to play a aim and I lawful view I changed into as soon as going to manage higher and I didn’t,” she said.