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Edna Kiplagat of Kenya Gets 1st Gold in World Championships

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who is also the defending champion, won the first gold medal of the world championships at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Saturday, with an impressive late kick in the final meters of the women’s marathon.

Kiplagat managed to acquire a substantial lead ahead of  second-place winner Italy’s Valeria Straneo. Kiplagat won in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 44 seconds. Kayoko Fukushi of Japan was third.

As the rest of the marathoners made their way through the course, few fans were present along the way to cheer them during a sweltering afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 86 degrees.

With the near-empty stands, Saturday’s highlights will be left to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he begins his campaign for three gold medals. Bolt is likely to be the obvious winner in the 100- and 200-meters as teammate Yohan Black is out injured and American star Tyson Gay has been suspended after testing positive for banned substances.

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