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.
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