Jepchirchir Gives Kenya Back To Back Women’s Marathon Olympic Titles

August 7, 2021
Sports
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Peres Jepchirchir secured back-to-back women’s Olympic marathon titles for Kenya on Saturday timing 2hr 27min 20sec.

The 27-year-old two-time half marathon world champion beat compatriot and world record holder Brigid Kosgei (2hr 27:36) whilst USA’s Molly Seidel was third (2hr 27:46).

“It feels good. I’m so, so happy because we win as Kenya,” said Jepchichir.

“I’m happy for my family. I’m happy for my country.”

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Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir (C) leads the group while competing in the women’s marathon final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Yasuyuki KIRIAKE / POOL / AFP)

Jepchirchir succeeds disgraced fellow Kenyan Jemima Sumgong, who won in 2016 in Rio to become Kenya’s first female marathon champion.

However, she tested positive for the endurance booster EPO in 2017, leading to an eight-year doping ban.

Organisers wary of the hot and humid conditions had announced on the eve of the race the start time had been brought forward an hour to 6am local time.

However, even with that, many runners failed to last the distance, including Kenya’s world champion Ruth Chepngetich. Other runners crossed the finish line clearly in distress, including Mexico’s Ursula Sanchez.

She staggered over the line and was attended to by a race official.

Two hours into the race the temperature had risen to 30.6°C (87 degrees Fahrenheit) with 63% humidity.

Jipchirchir agreed the conditions had been gruelling

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