Edna Kiplagat makes history by retaining marathon title at World Athletics meet

Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia never featured on her return to competition after being knocked over by a wheelchair competitor during this year's London Marathon.

updated: August 10, 2013 19:54 IST
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Moscow: Kenya's Edna Kiplagat became the first woman to retain the marathon world title when she eased home on Saturday to earn the first gold medal on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships.

The 33-year-old - only 20th in the Olympics last year - timed 2hr 25min 44sec to take gold ahead of long-time leader Valeria Straneo of Italy (2:25.58) while Japan's Kayoko Fukushi took bronze (2:27.45).

Kiplagat said that she was extremely happy to have made history.

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