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Saturday September 28 2019

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP 

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Ruth Chepng'etich won the first title of the World Athletics Championships the women's marathon in a gruelling race that saw many of the pre-race favourites fail to finish as fierce heat and humidity took their toll.

The 25-year-old world number one timed 2hrs 32 minutes 43 seconds in a race whose arduous nature was reflected in all three of the Ethiopians failing to make it past the halfway mark - the trio among around a couple of dozen who found the going too tough.

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates after winning the women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

"I was not expecting to be a medallist in such tough conditions," said a smiling Chelimo.

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"Here was much hotter than Jakarta (where she won the Asian Games title last year)," she added.

Some had to be stretchered off, with Linet Chebet of Uganda taken away in an ambulance and Italy's Sara Dossena wheeled away in a wheelchair.

Defending champion Rose Chelimo of Bahrain took silver and Namibia's Helalia Johannes the bronze in a race in which the runners received water bottles wrapped in ice with Israel's 10,000 metres champion Lonah Salpeter at one point taking a cap with ice in it to cool her down.

Edna Kiplagat's bid to win her third world title failed as she finished fourth.

Kenya's Visiline Jepkesho (left) and Kenya's Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (right) compete in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | KARIM JAAFAR |

Kenya's Visiline Jepkesho (left) and Kenya's Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (right) compete in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | KARIM JAAFAR |AFP

Athletes competes in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Athletes competes in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | MUSTAFA ABUMUNES | AFP

Kenyan-born Salpeter, who moved to Israel as a nanny for a Kenyan diplomat and subsequently married her Israeli coach, dominated the early part of the race leading Chepngetich, another Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho, Chelimo and Ethiopian Ruti Aga in fourth.

Chepngetich - who is the third fastest woman in marathon history - blew the group apart with a sudden surge with only Aga, Chelimo and Jepkesho able to go with her.

Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich competes in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | KARIM JAAFAR | AFP

Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich competes in the Women's Marathon at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on September 27, 2019. PHOTO | KARIM JAAFAR | AFP

Salpeter lost valuable ground when she dropped her water bottle at a drinks station and stopped to pick it up.

Chepng'etich set an astonishing pace with only 13km gone watched by a fair sized crowd gathered round the Corniche.

One of the pre-race favourites Ethiopia's Rosa Dereje, who was third in this year's London marathon, dropped out with an ankle injury shortly before the 15km mark.

She was one of several who pulled out around that mark, Dossena, Ukraine's Oleksandra Shafar and Clementine Mukandanga all calling it a night.
Oblivious to the growing carnage behind her, Chepng'etich briefly opened up a gap but was joined by Kiplagat, Chelimo, Jepkesho and Namibian Helalia Johannes - they held a 55 second lead over Salpeter at the 15km mark.

Ethiopia suffered another blow when Aga found the going too hot for her and came to a halt being led away disconsolately by a team official.
Ethiopia's misery was complete when Shure Demise gave up the ghost before the 20km mark.

Salpeter appeared to have re-gathered her composure as she reduced the gap between her and the leading quintet from 55 seconds to 11sec with 24km gone.

However, that was as close as the Israeli got as the lead quartet pulled away again - they dropped Jepkesho -- to battle for the medals amongst themselves.

Chepngetich made a break for glory as the bell went leaving her three rivals trailing in her wake - Chelimo giving chase but Johannes and Kiplagat's chances of winning had gone.

Chepngetich never allowed Chelimo a sniff of a chance and strode imperiously to victory to give Kenya their fifth gold in the event.DOHA

Ruth Chepng'etich won the first title of the World Athletics Championships the women's marathon in a gruelling race that saw many of the pre-race favourites fail to finish as fierce heat and humidity took their toll.

The 25-year-old world number one timed 2hrs 32 minutes 43 seconds in a race whose arduous nature was reflected in all three of the Ethiopians failing to make it past the halfway mark - the trio among around a couple of dozen who found the going too tough.

"I was not expecting to be a medallist in such tough conditions," said a smiling Chelimo.

"Here was much hotter than Jakarta (where she won the Asian Games title last year)," she added.

Some had to be stretchered off, with Linet Chebet of Uganda taken away in an ambulance and Italy's Sara Dossena wheeled away in a wheelchair.

Defending champion Rose Chelimo of Bahrain took silver and Namibia's Helalia Johannes the bronze in a race in which the runners received water bottles wrapped in ice with Israel's 10,000 metres champion Lonah Salpeter at one point taking a cap with ice in it to cool her down.

Edna Kiplagat's bid to win her third world title failed as she finished fourth.

Kenyan-born Salpeter, who moved to Israel as a nanny for a Kenyan diplomat and subsequently married her Israeli coach, dominated the early part of the race leading Chepngetich, another Kenyan Visiline Jepkesho, Chelimo and Ethiopian Ruti Aga in fourth.

Chepngetich - who is the third fastest woman in marathon history - blew the group apart with a sudden surge with only Aga, Chelimo and Jepkesho able to go with her.

Salpeter lost valuable ground when she dropped her water bottle at a drinks station and stopped to pick it up.

Chepng'etich set an astonishing pace with only 13km gone watched by a fair sized crowd gathered round the Corniche.

One of the pre-race favourites Ethiopia's Rosa Dereje, who was third in this year's London marathon, dropped out with an ankle injury shortly before the 15km mark.

She was one of several who pulled out around that mark, Dossena, Ukraine's Oleksandra Shafar and Clementine Mukandanga all calling it a night.
Oblivious to the growing carnage behind her, Chepng'etich briefly opened up a gap but was joined by Kiplagat, Chelimo, Jepkesho and Namibian Helalia Johannes - they held a 55 second lead over Salpeter at the 15km mark.

Ethiopia suffered another blow when Aga found the going too hot for her and came to a halt being led away disconsolately by a team official.
Ethiopia's misery was complete when Shure Demise gave up the ghost before the 20km mark.

Salpeter appeared to have re-gathered her composure as she reduced the gap between her and the leading quintet from 55 seconds to 11sec with 24km gone.

However, that was as close as the Israeli got as the lead quartet pulled away again - they dropped Jepkesho -- to battle for the medals amongst themselves.

Chepngetich made a break for glory as the bell went leaving her three rivals trailing in her wake - Chelimo giving chase but Johannes and Kiplagat's chances of winning had gone.

Chepngetich never allowed Chelimo a sniff of a chance and strode imperiously to victory to give Kenya their fifth gold in the event.

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