Bahrain’s Che­limo wins women’s world marathon

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Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Che­limo edged veteran Edna Ki­pla­gat to win the women’s marathon at the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day. Ki­pla­gat hit 40km a sec­ond ahead, but Che­limo kicked in the last 2km to win Bahrain’s first medal in the event in 2hr 27min 11sec.

Ki­pla­gat, a two-time pre­vi­ous cham­pion in 2011 and 2013, claimed sil­ver seven sec­onds adrift, with Amer­i­can Amy Cragg tak­ing bronze. “I was not ex­pect­ing to win,” said Che­limo, who trans­ferred al­le­giance to Bahrain in 2015.

“I tried my best and I man­aged to be­come the world cham­pion. “Edna Ki­pla­gat is strong. At 35km I pushed, after some time Edna came and I said to my­self ‘let her go’, I al­ready ac­cepted to be sec­ond. But then I caught her, I was en­cour­aged and thought ‘maybe I can try’ and I suc­ceeded.”

Ki­pla­gat ac­knowl­edged that the fi­nal run-in was “the most dif­fi­cult”. “All the way I worked so hard, so the last 3km was too long for me and slightly up­hill. I think I was too tired after the pre­vi­ous sprints,” the 37-year-old said.”Hope­fully my body will get stronger and I keep train­ing so I can come back and go for a ma­jor gold again.

Cragg said it felt “crazy” to have medalled. “My coach has been putting it my head that this is a po­ten­tial medal and some­thing I can do,” she said.

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