Olympics: Chemutai 16th As Kenyan Duo Seals 1-2 In Women Marathon

Uganda’s Immaculate Chemutai finished 16th at the 2020 Tokyo Women Marathon on Saturday morning.

Chemutai posted two hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds in a stunning performance that saw her endure the hot temperatures.

Its the highest placement for a Ugandan female athlete at an Olympics Marathon – Jane Suuto was 93rd at the 2012 London while Adero Nyakisi finished 68th at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Juliet Chekwel who ran 5000m and 10,000m at Rio Olympics, came home a lowly 68th position before she was put on a wheeler.

The Ugandan duo were in the leading pack in the opening kilometers before their bodies gave way in a gruelling 42-km race in Sapporo.

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir stopped the clock at 2:27:20 to beat country-mate and World Record holder Brigid Kosgei who settled for Silver.

Molly Seidel shockingly takes the bronze after coming third with a time of 2:27:46.

Only 73 of the 88 athletes finished the race that was moved up an hour to avoid the heat.

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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