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Sumgong evades protester to win women’s marathon

Sumgong evades protester to win women’s marathon

RIO DE JANEIRO: Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong evaded a protester who leapt onto the Rio marathon course on Monday to become the first woman from her country to win Olympic marathon gold in two hours, 24 minutes and four seconds.

Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver in 2:24:13 and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze in 2:24:30. Sumgong, 31, said the man on the course immediately brought to mind memories of the April London Marathon, when she experienced a similar incident.

“It brings back memories of London, that’s where my thoughts went back to,” Sum­gong said. “I was like scared, maybe I’m in trouble.”




It was not immediately clear if the man, who went head over heels over a metal barrier, had been arrested or what his motive had been.

At the Athens Olympics in 2004, defrocked Irish priest Neil Horan tackled Brazil’s Vanderlei de Lima near the finish, knocking him out of the lead. The bronze medallist lit the Olympic cauldron at Rio’s opening ceremony on Aug 5.

Sumgong, 31, bided her time throughout the race, staying with the leading pack and not moving ahead until the end.

She admitted, however, that she knew victory was hers with 2km to run, saying it made up for her disappointing showing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“I was in Beijing but I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t able to win a medal or make it on the podium, but I knew one time, one day, I’d be somewhere,” she said.

:I was never worried that I’d lose this. At the 40km I knew the gold was mine. At 35km I noticed that my other two teammates had dropped off and that gave me the motivation to carry on.

“At 40km I saw there were three of us but I knew whatever happened I couldn’t lose the gold and then I knew I was on the way to history.”

Medals table

As at 10:30pm (PST) on Sunday

(Tabulated under gold, silver, bronze, total):

United States 24 18 18 60

China 13 11 17 41

Britain 10 13 7 30

Germany 8 5 3 16

Russia 7 10 8 25

Italy 7 7 5 19

Japan 7 3 14 24

Australia 6 7 9 22

South Korea 6 3 4 13

France 5 8 6 19

Hungary 5 3 3 11

Netherlands 3 2 3 8

Spain 3 0 2 5

New Zealand 2 6 0 8

Canada 2 2 8 12

Kazakhstan 2 2 3 7

Belgium 2 1 1 4

Switzerland 2 1 1 4

Thailand 2 1 1 4

Croatia 2 1 0 3

Iran 2 0 0 2

Sweden 1 3 1 5

Denmark 1 2 3 6

North Korea 1 2 2 5

Belarus 1 2 1 4

Kenya 1 2 0 3

Brazil 1 1 2 4

Poland 1 1 2 4

Romania 1 1 2 4

Slovenia 1 1 1 3

Colombia 1 1 0 2

Slovakia 1 1 0 2

Vietnam 1 1 0 2

Czech Republic 1 0 5 6

Ethiopia 1 0 3 4

Taiwan 1 0 2 3

Greece 1 0 1 2

Independent 1 0 1 2

Jamaica 1 0 1 2

Argentina 1 0 0 1

Fiji 1 0 0 1

Kosovo 1 0 0 1

Puerto Rico 1 0 0 1

Singapore 1 0 0 1

South Africa 0 5 1 6

Ukraine 0 3 1 4

Azerbaijan 0 2 0 2

Indonesia 0 2 0 2

Cuba 0 1 3 4

Lithuania 0 1 2 3

Georgia 0 1 1 2

Bahrain 0 1 0 1

Ireland 0 1 0 1

Malaysia 0 1 0 1

Mongolia 0 1 0 1

Philippines 0 1 0 1

Turkey 0 1 0 1

Uzbekistan 0 0 3 3

Egypt 0 0 2 2

Israel 0 0 2 2

Norway 0 0 2 2

Estonia 0 0 1 1

Kyrgyzstan 0 0 1 1

Portugal 0 0 1 1

Tunisia 0 0 1 1

UAE 0 0 1 1

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2016

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