Kirui wins World Marathon ti­tle

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Kenya’s Ge­of­frey Kip­ko­rir Kirui pre­vailed a com­pelling east African duel with Ethiopian Tami­rat Tola on the streets of Lon­don to win the men’s marathon at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day.

Kirui, vic­tor at the Bos­ton Marathon in April, fi­nally broke Tola, the fastest man in the field, with five miles (8.05 km) of the 26.2-mile course left af­ter they had gone head-to-head over the sec­ond half of the race.

At the 19-mile mark, Tola, the fastest man in the field, had made his de­ci­sive ef­fort and sped away from the 24-year-old Kenyan but within two miles Kirui had hauled back in the lead be­fore surg­ing away im­me­di­ately and em­phat­i­cally.

Kirui forged on so pow­er­fully that by the end of the race as he came to­wards the line at Tower Bridge, he even had time to tap the hands of some of the hun­dreds of fans lin­ing the fin­ish.

Kenya’s fifth men’s world cham­pion at the dis­tance even­tu­ally clocked 2 hours 8 min­utes 27 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing one minute and 22 sec­onds ahead of Tola (2:09:49).

The Ethiopian, who had tired rapidly af­ter Kirui’s sec­ond wind, just held on for sil­ver by two sec­onds from the fast-fin­ish­ing Alphonce Simbu, who won Tan­za­nia’s sec­ond medal ever at a World Cham­pi­onships.

Ge­of­frey Kip­ko­rir Kirui cel­e­brat­ing his vic­tory at the 2017 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don

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