Kipruto and Yehualaw triumph at London Marathon

AFP
October 03, 2022

LONDON: Kenyan Amos Kipruto marked his London Marathon debut with a decisive victory on Sunday as Ethiopian 23-year-old Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest winner of the women’s race.It was...

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LONDON: Kenyan Amos Kipruto marked his London Marathon debut with a decisive victory on Sunday as Ethiopian 23-year-old Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest winner of the women’s race.

It was a maiden London victory for Yehualaw in what was just the second marathon of her career.

The 30-year-old Kipruto, a world bronze medallist in Doha in 2019, crossed the line in London in two hours, four minutes and 39 seconds after breaking away late on.

Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia finished second in 2:05:12, with Bashir Abdi of Belgium third in 2:05:19.

Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele was fifth with compatriot Sisay Lemma, last year’s London Marathon winner, seventh.

Kipruto, understandably elated by his victory, said: “This is my London debut and it’s a wonderful day.

“I’m very, very happy I won, but I can’t explain how I won. I decided to make a decisive break because of my training -- I was confident and I knew when to go.” Yehualaw’s winning time of 2:17:26 was just three seconds outside the personal best she set at Hamburg in April when making the fastest debut in any women’s marathon. Her time was also the third fastest in the history of the women’s London Marathon. Defending London champion Joyciline Jepkosgei was second, the Kenyan finishing in 2:18:07, with Ethiopia’s Alemu Megertu third in 2:18:32.



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