Kenya wins first ever gold in women’s marathon, all thanks to Jemima Sumgong.
East African athletes are indeed making Africa proud with their sprinting excellence.
Setting a record in Olympic history, 31-year old multiple marathon winner, Jemima Sumgong has won the first Olympic gold for women’s marathon for her home country, Kenya. This feat has never been achieved by any Kenyan since the inception of the women’s marathon championship in 1984.
Jemima won the women marathon with a time of 2:24:04 hours; beating Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa (Kenyan-born) who recorded a time of 2:24:13 and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba in a time of 2:24:30.
“I was never worried that I’d lose this.”
“At 40km I knew the gold was mine. At 35km I noticed that my other two team-mates had dropped off and that gave me the motivation to carry on.”
“At 40km I saw there were three of us but I knew whatever happened I couldn’t lose the gold and then I knew I was on the way to history.”- Jemima Sumgong.
American co-runners Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden came 6th at 2:25:26; 7th at 2:26:08; and 9th at 2:28:25 respectively.
In April, Jemima clinched gold at the London Marathon with the time of 2:22:58. In 2013 she won the Rotterdam Marathon in a winning time record of 2:23:27.
In 2012, the talented runner tested positive to a banned substance called prednisolone. Prior to that, Jemima was banned from all championships by Athletics Kenya for 2 years.
In her appeal, it was stated that she had been injected with a legally accepted drug that unknown to her contained the illicit substance. IAAF granted the appeal and cleared her.
Jemima Sumgong finished 4th at the 2014 Boston Marathon. Report says that she recorded her fastest time ever at 2:20:41 hours.