Bengaluru/Doha, September 28: Ruth Chepngetich claimed her first major marathon championship, winning gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
The Kenyan, 25, clinched the first gold of the championships in Doha, securing victory in two hours, 32 minutes and 43 seconds.
Chepngetich finished ahead of Bahrain's Rose Chelimo (2:33:46) and Namibia's Helalia Johannes (2:34:15) in gruelling conditions, the marathon starting around midnight local time.
Our first #Doha2019 champion! Ruth Chepngetich clocked an impressive 2:32:43 in the Women's Marathon Final on the Doha Corniche tonight to take GOLD for Kenya 🇰🇪 #WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/PkPOlG3Y4T— IAAFDoha2019 (@IAAFDoha2019) September 28, 2019
Such were the hot and humid conditions, much of the field failed to finish as Chepngetich – last year's Istanbul Marathon winner – claimed the biggest victory of her career.
"I am feeling good. I am very happy and I thank God for my win," Chepngetich said, via the IAAF.
As for the conditions, she said: "It was not bad for me."
Two-time champion Edna Kiplagat, 39, finished in fourth.