Kirui wins Gold in IAAF World Championship marathon
Geoffrey Kirui bagged Kenya her first gold in the ongoing IAAF World Championship in London on Sunday after winning the men’s marathon completely dominated by East Africa.
Kirui shrugged off stiff competition from Ethiopian Tamirat Tola to bag the gold in a time of 2.08.27. Tola who was the favorite had to struggle in the final 50m to finish ahead of Tanzania’s Alfonce Simbu won the bronze.
Tola led at one and a half hour with a comfortable gap but was overtaken by Kirui just fifteen minutes later.He clocked 2.09.49 while Simbu managed 2:09.51.
The second best placed Kenyan was Gideon Kipketer who finished 5th(2:10.56) while London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru finished 8th after clocking 2:12.16.
Prior to the gold ,Kenya had two bronze medals.Paul Kipngetich Tanui won bronze in the men's 10,000m race won by Mo Farah while Agnes Tirop achieved the same feat after finishing behind Alzama Ayana and Tirunesh Dibaba in the 10,000m respectively
During the morning session heats, the trio of Ezekiel Kemboi, Conseslus Kipruto and Jairus Birech made it to the 3,000m Steeplechase where they will face stiff competition from Evan Jager of USA and Mahiedine Mekhissi of France.
Flomena Cheyech,Edna Kiplagat and Helah Kiprop will grace the same course for the women's marathon set for 4pm Kenyan time.Mare Dibaba and Berhane Dibaba will provide the usual threat.Mare Dibaba won gold with Helah Kiprop taking silver in a split second difference in the last World Championship.