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Tokyo Olympics: Kenya’s Peris Gebschershire wins women’s marathon

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Pierce Chepshireshire is the fifth fastest women’s marathon runner ever (2:17:16)
dates: July 23 – August 8 Time in Tokyo: GMT +8
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Beres Jepchershire won the women’s marathon at Tokyo 2020 as Kenya won one to two races in harsh conditions in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo.

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Jeepshire beat world record holder Brigid Kosgei in the closing stages to triumph in 2:27:20.

American Molly Seidl took the bronze following stopping Israel’s Luna Shmtai-Salpeter within the final five kilometres.

The 28°C heat was contested, and the race was moved from 07:00 to 06:00 local time due to the expected temperatures.

Stephanie Davis, the 2021 British champion, was ranked 39th with a time of 2:36:33.

National Steve Towell – who made her Olympic debut at a distinct third distance following entering the 1,500m in 2008 and the 5,000m in 2016 – was 68th with a 2:53:26, while Jessica Biasike was 71st with 2: 55:39.

The Kenyan team boasted three of the five fastest women’s marathon runners ever, but world champion Ruth Chepengetech – who braved the heat and humidity of Doha in 2019 to triumph the gold medal – withdrew following losing contact with the leaders 30km away.

Jepshire and Kosgei were joined by Seidl and Salpeter in the first set with five kilometers remaining, prior the Kenyan pair moved away, Seidl continued to advance following the sudden withdrawal of European champion Salpeter to triumph the bronze medal in her third match at close range.

Kosgei, twice winner of the London Marathon who smashed British Paula Radcliffe 16-year-old world record With a time of 2:14:04 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, he finished 16secs off Jeepshire and 10secs over Seidel.

Both marathons and race walks were in the games I moved 500 miles north of Tokyo To the city of Sapporo in northern Japan due to the summer heat in the Japanese capital.

A whole of 14 athletes failed to conclude the distance in Sapporo, compared to 74 players.

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