Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, who surprised the track and field world by capturing the gold at the 2012 London Olympics, won the men’s marathon at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Saturday. Kiprotich, who completed the course in 2:09:51, is the first non-Kenyan to win the title since 2005. (The best finish for Kenya on Saturday came from Peter Some, who recorded a time of 2:11:47 and finished in ninth place. Some’s placing marked the worst position the top Kenyan runner has turned in at the World Championships in fifteen years.)
The 24-year-old distance runner spoke about his win to reporters afterwards:
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. I prepared for the race really well. It is fantastic that I actually train together with six of my competitors (Reuters)
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, who won the Boston marathon, finished in second with a time of 2:10:12. Tadese Tola was third, running 2:10:23.