Victor Kiplangat wins the marathon at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 (Image © Getty Images)
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Uganda’s Kiplangat Claims Gold in Men’s Marathon at WAC Budapest

Ethiopia loses its world marathon title as Uganda’s Victor Kiplangat clinches the men’s marathon gold to give his country the second gold in Budapest.

By the 35km mark, Kiplangat was neck and neck with Ethiopia’s Leul Gebresilase, both clocking in at 1:46:53. Defending champion Tamirat Tola and Stephen Kissa trailed by 15 seconds.

Kiplangat broke away from Leul at the 38 km marker and sprinted across the finish line with a time of 2:08:52.

The race for the silver medal, however, was just as intense. Israel’s Manu Teferi overtook Leul with just 400m to go, securing silver in 2:09:12. Luel took bronze, clocking 2:09:19.

Kiplangat’s victory in the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships marks a significant achievement for Uganda.

“This has been my dream and it has come true at last,” said Kiplangat, the second Ugandan to take the title, following Stephen Kiprotich’s success in Moscow in 2013.

The win in Budapest has also brought Uganda’s gold medal to two. Joshua Cheptegei having claimed the men’s 10,000m crown on the track on day two.

Kipyegon’s 1500m/5000m double

On Saturday, Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon won the 5000m, becoming the first woman to claim 1500m and 5000m titles at the same World Championships.

Kipeygon led a closely packed field to the bell, at which point the Dutch runner Sifan Hassan shuffled up to her side for the inevitable sprint-off.

The running was steady until the start of the back straight, when Kipyegon took off, pursued by the Dutch runner. The Kenyan powered to the line, giving Hassan no glimmer of hope that she could improve upon silver.

Having won a third world 1500m title, Kipyegon now had a world gold in a distance in which she lowered the world record to 14:05.20.

Her time was 14:53.88, with Hassan second in 14:54.11 and, another Kenyan, Beatrice Chebet in the bronze medal position in 14:54.33.

(EM/WA)