Sum­gong wins women’s marathon for Kenya

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JEMIMA Sum­gong be­came the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon, beat­ing Eu­nice Kirwa of Bahrain.

Ethiopia’s world cham­pion Mare Dibaba took the bronze medal as her com­pa­triot and race favourite Tigist Tufa pulled out be­fore the half­way mark.

Lon­don Marathon winner Sum­gong, 31, fin­ished in two hours 24 min­utes four sec­onds to end a run of three straight sil­vers in the event for Kenya.

GB’s Alyson Dixon and So­nia Sa­muels fin­ished 28th and 30th re­spec­tively.

Sum­gong, who fell on her way to vic­tory in Lon­don this year, and Kirwa pulled away from Dibaba in the fi­nal 2km in hu­mid con­di­tions in Rio.

Kenya-born Kirwa, who se­cured Bahrain’s first ever Olympic sil­ver and sec­ond medal of all time, failed to stay with Sum­gong and both women looked phys­i­cally ex­hausted af­ter they crossed the line. “I was never wor­ried that I’d lose this,” said Sum­gong. “At 40km I knew the gold was mine. At 35km I no­ticed that my other two team-mates had dropped off and that gave me the mo­ti­va­tion to carry on.

“At 40km I saw there were three of us but I knew what­ever hap­pened I couldn’t lose the gold and then I knew I was on the way to his­tory.” — BBC Sport

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