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Agnes Kiprop Prevails In Prague Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 14, 2012
  • Updated May. 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM UTC
Agnes Kiprop raises her hands to break the tape at the VW Prague Marathon. Photo: IAAF

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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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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