She made a comeback after a Boston DNF last month.
All eyes were on Lydia Cheromei to dominate the VW Prague Marathon yesterday. However, the spoils ended up going to fellow Kenyan Agnes Kiprop who crossed the line in two hours, 25 minutes, 40 seconds.
Kiprop’s victory was especially poignant, considering that she had to drop out of last month’s Boston Marathon after suffering from typhoid fever. She caught rival Cheromei near the 39K mark and never looked back. Cheromei ended up dropping out due to leg injury.
“I didn’t expect it because I thought Lydia would win but when I caught her, she said, go on, I’m having problems with my leg,” recalled Kiprop.
Deressa Chimsa of Ethiopia dominated the men’s race to win in 2:06:25. Second place went to Kenya’s Stephen Tum who set a personal best on the course (2:07:16).
“I knew I was strong before the race. The training had gone so well, I could be confident,” said Chimsa.
The Volkswagen Prague Marathon is an IAAF Gold-Label race.
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