In what seemed to be a done deal marathon for a moment in time, Kenya native, Jemima Sumgong changed the pace and outcome of the women’s Olympic marathon this past Sunday, laying claim to the gold medal so many were vying for.
Sumgong reached the finish line in a victorious fashion, arms raised paired with a tired yet accomplished smile, in 2 hours 24 minutes and 4 seconds. During the latter half, Belarus’ Volha Mazuronak dominated the marathon, maintaining a steady pace that led many of the participants to trail behind. Americans Amy Cragg, Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden finished ninth, sixth, and seventh place respective- ly. Since the 2004 Athens Olympics, no U.S. woman has won a medal for the marathon.
Sumgong’s win is a major accomplishment. She is the first woman from her country to receive the gold for successfully sweeping the marathon. While speaking with Associated Press, she shared her thoughts on her chances of winning. ““I was never worried that I’d lose this… at 40 kilometers, I knew the gold was mine.” Keep up with the 2016 Olympics by viewing the official schedule at www.rio2016.com/en/schedule-and-results. Upcoming anticipated events are beach volleyball, boxing, and football (American soccer).