MARATHON

Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

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.

Two-time cham­pion

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

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