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Jepkosgei wins 800m gold

Jepkosgei wins 800m gold

Commonwealth and African champion Janeth Jepkosgei broke away to a 800 meter victory yesterday, bringing Kenya its first women's world title in middle-distance running.
But there was sadness for Mozambique's former world champion Maria Mutola, 34, who pulled up injured while in third place as she rounded the last bend. She staggered off the track and lied on her back with apparent pain in her leg.
Jepkosgei surged ahead on the first straight and never looked back at her rivals, including Mutola, to win in 1 minute 56.04 seconds, her personal best and the world's fastest time of the year.
Morocco's Hasna Benhassi, the Olympic silver medalist who finished second at the 2005 worlds, followed her home at 1:56.99 with Spain's Mayte Martinez third at 1:57.62.
A Kenyan first
No woman from Kenya, the land of world-beating distance runners, has won world or Olympic titles in 800m or 1,500m events although a handful of men have done so.
Mutula, who burst onto the world scene 16 years ago with a close fourth at the world championships in Tokyo as an 18-year-old, was aiming high here as her fairlytale swansong.


Updated : 2021-05-08 13:29 GMT+08:00