On Air Now

Listen

Listen Live Now » 101.9 FM Sioux Falls, SD

Weather

Current Conditions(Sioux Falls,SD 57104)

More Weather »
74° Feels Like: 74°
Wind: S 6 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Sunny 75°

Tonight

Isolated Thunderstorms 62°

Tomorrow

Isolated Thunderstorms/Wind 84°

Alerts

Olympic marathon champion Kiprotich adds world title

Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda celebrates winning the men's marathon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in M
Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda celebrates winning the men's marathon during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in M

By Alison Wildey

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Uganda's Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich showed he was no one-hit wonder by breaking Kenya's stranglehold on the men's marathon at the world championships with victory in two hours nine minutes 51 seconds on Saturday.

Kiprotich was the surprise winner at last year's London Games but started as one of the favorites in Moscow and became the first non-Kenyan to win the title since 2005.

Ethiopia's Boston marathon winner Lelisa Desisa was second in 2:10:12 and compatriot Tadese Tola took third a further 11 seconds back on a warm sunny day in the Russian capital.

Part of a large leading pack for most of the race on a course which included three 10km loops along the Moskva river turning at the iconic Red Square, Kiprotich began pushing the pace just after the 30-km mark and the group slowly started to break up.

With just over two kilometers to go, the battle for gold was between Kiprotich and Desisa and the Ugandan finally broke his rival as they ran through the Olympic Park and entered the stadium alone, waving to the crowd.

Kiprotich had a quick look back across the bright blue track when a cheer went up as Desisa entered the stadium but there was half a lap between them and the Ugandan ran through the finishing tape with his arms in the air and a smile on his face before bowing to the crowd.

"I realized I could win after 40km. Then I just kept pushing. I decided to break off but my competitors were strong and I had to apply some tactics," the 24-year-old told reporters.

"I prepared for the race really well. It is fantastic that I actually train together with six of my competitors, said Kiprotich who is coached by Kenya's 1992 Olympic steeplechase silver medalist Patrick Sang in Eldoret.

It was Uganda's second ever world championship gold after Dorcus Inzikuru won the women's 3,000 steeplechase in 2005.

Peter Some in ninth was the first Kenyan finisher for a team that was missing twice world champion Abel Kirui through injury.

(Editing by Justin Palmer and Pritha Sarkar)

Comments