Kenya-born Chelimo wins marathon gold for Bahrain

Chelimo stops Kiplagat from making marathon history

Chelimo stops Kiplagat from making marathon history

Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo edged veteran Edna Kiplagat to win the women's marathon at the IAAF World Championships on Sunday.

"The race was good".

"I am so happy to win the world title because it is my first time at these Championships". I am very happy.

"I was not expecting to win", said Chelimo. "This is one of the best days in my life and hopefully there are more to come", she added.

In so doing, the 2017 Boston marathon victor extended his country's record as the most successful nation in the history of this event at the IAAF World Championships.

Kiplagat, a two-time previous champion in 2011 and 2013, claimed silver seven seconds adrift, with American Amy Cragg taking bronze.

Kiplagat acknowledged that the final run-in was "the most difficult". "I think I was too exhausted after the previous sprints", the 37-year-old said.

Liu Qinghong, a Peking University student, won her chance of competing at worlds through a program initiated by the Chinese Athletics Association as an ordinary runner.

"This is the best moment of my career, easily", said Kirui.

However, Liu thought her maiden appearance at worlds would undoubtedly have positive influence on her training.

Cragg said it felt "crazy" to have medalled.

Tola, the Rio 10,000 metrs bronze medallist and fastest in the field thanks to the 2:04.11 he recorded in winning this year's Dubai Marathon, required medical treatment after struggling home in 2:09:49, just two seconds ahead of Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu, who clocked 2:09.:51.

Earlier on Sunday, Kenya's Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui claimed the men's marathon title with 2 hours 8 minutes and 27 seconds.

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