Kiprotich wins men’s marathon

Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich on Saturday became the first

non-Kenyan since 2005 to win the men’s marathon at the world

championships.

The Ugandan broke away from Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa

of Ethiopia in the shaded park around Luhzniki Stadium for a title

he capped with a little dance past the finishing line.

Another Ethiopian, Tadese Tola, took bronze on a warm afternoon

in the Russian capital.

Kiprotich beat two Kenyans at the London Olympics, but none was

in the top three for the first time at a world championship since

2005.

Kenyans had won the last three world titles and were widely

expected to boost the position of their nation in the medal

standings, where it is currently third behind the United States and

host Russia.

It was Uganda’s first men’s world title in the 30-year history

of the championships.

“I am so happy I won another gold medal for my country,”

Kiprotich said. “Now I am the Olympic and world champion.”

With a dozen events left over the closing weekend, the United

States leads the overall standings with 16 medals, including five

gold. The host nation has 11 overall, also with five gold.

Kenya has nine overall, including three gold.

Olympic and defending world high jump champion Anna Chicherova

will be looking to add to Russia’s tally, especially since her

toughest rival, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia, is out injured.

The United States is also expecting more gold with Brianna

Rollins in the 100 hurdles. She will be up against Olympic champion

Sally Pearson of Australia, who had been bothered by injury for

most of the season but is peaking at the right time.

Pearson set the fastest qualifying time for the final at 12.50

seconds in her semifinal heat, .04 seconds faster than Rollins.

Even without Allyson Felix, who tore her right hamstring early

in the 200 final on Friday, the U.S. team is still favored to win

the 1,600 relay.

The other finals on Saturday are the men’s javelin throw and the

women’s 5,000.