Kiplagat leads Kenya marathon sweep

Edna Kiplagat picked herself up after tripping over at a drinks station to lead a Kenyan podium sweep in the women’s marathon and claim the first gold medal at the 13th world athletics championships on Saturday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sat 27 Aug 2011, 10:08 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:15 AM

The 31-year-old Kenyan policewoman broke clear of compatriots Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon Cherop over the last two kilometres of the race to win her first world title in two hours 28 minutes and 43 seconds.

Jeptoo finished second 17 seconds behind Kiplagat in 2:29.00 with Cherop third in 2:29:14 to ensure a first podium sweep in the event at the world championships.

Kiplagat, who finished third at this year’s London marathon, tripped at the drinks station after she had broken free of the field with her two fellow Kenyans and Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia just past the 35km mark.

She got straight back up, however, and the incident failed to disrupt her rhythm as she reimposed herself on the contest and confirmed her status as race favourite in some style.

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