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
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
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
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