07 Aug 2021

Kenyans dominate the women’s marathon podium

The slow attraction, women's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics was definitely a show to the show witnessing a 27-year-old Kenyan beating all the odds to win the race. Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya who won the 2020 World Half Marathon Championship is now an Olympic gold medallist too beating compatriot Brigid Kosgei. Jepchirchir, who won the 2020 World Half Marathon Championship, finished first in 2:27:20 in the gold medal race with Kosgei, latter taking silver in 2:27:36. The American athlete Molly Seidel was behind the Kenyans to take the podium for bronze in 2:27:46.

The race started off with Kenyan-born Lonah Salpeter of Israel included the lead pack who dropped out, further Seidel having the most amazing finish among the top three given her personal best (PB) of 2:25:13 compared to others with gold- 2:17:16 and silver plus world record - 2:14:04. The 1-2 finish by the Kenyans was the highlight of the event summing up 3 gold and 3 silver for the country.