Sumgong wins marathon to give Kenya first gold medal


14 Aug 2016 | by
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Sumgong wins marathon to give Kenya first gold medal

Jemima Sumgong won Kenya her first gold medal in this year's Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro when she emerged the winner in the marathon.

Sumgong took the first place on the podium in 2.24.04 to beat a tough field that included another Kenyan Eunice Kirwa running for Bahrain and Ethiopian reigning world champion, Mare Dibaba.

It was the first gold for a Kenyan woman at the olympics since the country started featuring in the games. 
Sumgong made her break at the 35km mark when she took over the leadership of the race from Kirwa as the three podium finishers broke away from the rest of the runners.
At the 40km mark, Sumgong who looked much stronger of the three athletes opened a two metre lead and she never looked back again.
Attempts by demonstrators to interrupt the race towards the end of the 42.5km event was foiled by hawk-eyed police officers on motorbikes who kept them at bay.
While the Kenyan took home the gold, defector Kirwa settled for the silver while Dibaba took home the bronce.

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