Peres Jepchirchir secured back-to-back girls’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 document holder Brigid Kosgei (2hr 27: 36) while USA’s Molly Seidel was third (2hr 27: 46).
“It feels good. I’m so, so happy because we win as Kenya,” mentioned Jepchichir.
“I’m happy for my family. I’m happy for my country.”
Jepchirchir succeeds disgraced fellow Kenyan Jemima Sumgong, who gained in 2016 in Rio to develop into Kenya’s first feminine marathon champion.
However, she examined constructive for the endurance booster EPO in 2017, resulting in an eight-year doping ban.
Organisers cautious of the new and humid situations had introduced on the eve of the race the beginning time had been introduced ahead an hour to 6am native time.
However, even with that, many runners didn’t final the gap, together with Kenya’s world champion Ruth Chepngetich. Other runners crossed the end line clearly in misery, together with Mexico’s Ursula Sanchez.
She staggered over the road and was attended to by a race official.
Two hours into the race the temperature had risen to 30.6°C (87 levels Fahrenheit) with 63% humidity.
Jipchirchir agreed the situations had been gruelling.
“It was so hot, it was not easy,” she mentioned.
“I’m just thankful I managed (to cope) with that weather.”
Jepchirchir and Kosgei had moved up a gear with 4 kilometres remaining with only a quartet of runners in competition for the medals.
Seidel was the primary to be dropped adopted by Kenya-born Israeli Lonah Salpeter.
The Israeli had appeared set to offer her adopted nation their first ever athletics Olympics medal.
However, her hopes of a bronze had been dropped at a brutal finish as she pulled up and retired quickly after being dropped leaving Seidel clear in third spot.
– ‘Make some people angry’ –
Up forward Jepchirchir made her decisive transfer for gold with two kilometres remaining and Kosgei might discover no reserves in her tank.
“I pushed on the pace (and when I opened the gap) it was like, ‘wow, I’m going to make it. I’m going to win’,” mentioned Jepchirchir.
It was the primary defeat for Kosgei in 5 marathons — she gained Chicago (2018/19) and London (2019/20) — however she had been struggling for some time within the scorching situations even resorting to stuffing an ice pack down the entrance of her operating vest.
However, it was all smiles on the end — a mix of pleasure and reduction the endurance check was over — as Kosgei embraced the brand new champion.
Seidel for her half mentioned she had achieved her intention of stirring up a hornets nest.
“I try not to have too many expectations,” mentioned the 27-year-old.
“It is simply to exit, stick your nostril the place it doesn’t belong and try to make some folks indignant.
“My aim right this moment was simply to go in and for folks to suppose, ‘who the hell is this girl?’
“To get a medal for the US and to do it in the US uniform is huge.” I