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Jemima Jelagat Sumgong won Kenya’s first women’s Olympic marathon title on Sunday, catching Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa just as the runners approached the final stretch down Rio’s famous Sambodrome and holding on for gold.

Sumgong finished in 2 hours, 24 minutes, 4 seconds, just under a minute off the Olympic record, with Kirwa crossing nine seconds behind to earn Bahrain its second ever Olympic medal and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba in third a further 17 seconds back.

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