IN just her second season at the event, Rose Chelimo ran a strong race with a 72:18 second half to win the first of her four marathons and Bahrain’s first marathon gold.
The former Kenyan is ranked just 16th fastest in the 2017 world lists which confirms the financial implications of big city marathons for runners and agents, and mean that the very best do not always line up to chase gold as in other events.
Edna Kiplagat, a proven championship performer, finished in second and at the line was under pressure from the fast-finishing Amy Cragg who took USA’s first world medal since the inaugural race in 1983 in Helsinki.
Charlotte Purdue ran a superb race, moving through strongly to be top European, while Alyson Dixon led from just after 10km to 29km, running well to finish 18th after fading over the closing miles.
Rose Chelimo: only second season as a marathon runner