DAEGU — Kenya made their mark on the opening day at the IAAF World Championships after the women finished 1-2-3 in the marathon – the first final of the championships in Daegu.
Edna Kiplagat, who started as the favourite to win the gold, recovered from a trip at a water station to lead a Kenyan podium sweep. She was actually tripped over by one of her own teammates as they crossed over to take bottles of water.
Bu the 31-year-old Kiplagat, who is the L.A. Marathon champion, picked herself up and then move away from her compatriots Priscah Jeptoo and Sharon Cherop over the last two kilometres to win her first world title in a time of two hours 28 minutes and 43 seconds.
Finishing second was Jeptoo in 2:29.00, while Cherop took the bronze medal in 2:29:14.
The sweep was the first ever in the event for Kenya at a world championships.