Ruth Chepngetich won the first title of the World Athletics Championships the women’s marathon in a gruelling race that saw many of the pre-race favourites fail to finish as fierce heat and humidity took their toll. The 25-year-old world number one timed 2hrs 32 minutes 43 seconds in a race whose arduous nature was reflected in all three of the Ethiopians failing to make it past the halfway mark — the trio among around a couple of dozen who found the going too tough. Some had to be stretchered off, with Linet Chebet of Uganda taken away in an ambulance and Italy’s Sara Dossena wheeled away in a wheelchair. Defending champion Rose Chelimo of Bahrain took silver and Namibia’s Helalia Johannes the bronze in a race in which the runners received water bottles wrapped in ice with Israel’s 10,000 metres champion Lonah Salpeter at one point taking a cap with ice in it to cool her down. “I was not expecting to be a medallist in such tough conditions,” said a smiling Chelimo. “Here was much hotter than Jakarta (where she won the Asian Games title last year),” she added. Kenyan-born Salpeter, who moved to Israel as a nanny for… Read full this story
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