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In 1896 Budapest began the building of Hősök Tere (Heroes’ Square) to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin. Today, Hősök Tere offers a stunning monument to past victories of war.
On Saturday, Victor Kiplangat ran the light-bulb-shaped loop of Hősök Tere in the scorching heat for the fourth and final time to complete the 42.195-kilometre marathon, with the entire field trailing him. The 23-year-old, who won the Commonwealth Games marathon last year, ran a smart race capped by a fast finish and recorded a 2:08:53 performance for the win. He earned the second gold medal for Uganda at these championships after Joshua Cheptegei’s 10,000m victory last Sunday.
For Uganda, a poverty-stricken and land-locked nation bordering Kenya, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kiplangat and Cheptegei are Hősöks (heroes). It’s been 10 years since Uganda arrived on the athletics scene and today, some of the best distance runners hail from there.
When he finished, Kiplangat dropped to his knees, emotional with the toll of the victory.
“The day was actually good for me; the day was my day,” said Kiplangat. “God has favoured me. This is the dream I have been dreaming.”
Maru Teferi tripped up in the late stages (32K) was out of the running for a medal until he wasn’t. The Israeli runner picked himself up off the tarmac and made for the runners ahead of him. He eventually passed Leul Gebresilase of Ethiopia, to take second in the time of 2:09:12 Gebresilase took third in 2:09:19.
Oddly, much like American Susanna Sullivan in the women’s race, 41-year-old Ser-Od Bat-Ochir took off from the gun and established a 27-second lead on the field. Over the first 10K, it appeared that the Mongolian was simply seeking camera time. If he thought for a second that it was a smart tactic, then he is a high-stakes gambler. The extremely high-risk and monumentally high-reward scenario was beyond likely and he ended up paying dearly. Bat-Ochir experienced severe hamstring issues and dropped out shortly after.
Bat-Ochir’s disruption had caused the main pack to become restless, concerned that perhaps he was onto something. They began to chase him down.
Just before 10K at approximately 30:30, the lead pack swallowed up Bat-Ochir.
Then, the pack of 15 men was running just a handful of seconds off the lead runner, Kenya’s Timothy Kiplagat.
The field worked together in a calm state, biding their time. The following three 5K splits were run in the mid-15s.
The pace began to pick up over the next 5K because Kiplagat put in a surge. The leaders ran from 25 to 30K in 15:05. Kiplagat began to turn the screws running some km splits under three minutes late in the race. This broke several field and allowed Teferi to hunt the runners down methodically.
Italy had a good showing with Daniele Meucchi finishing in 10th in the time of 2:11:06 and teammate Yhanes Chiappinelli one position back in 2:11:12. Rory Linkletter was the first of three Canadians to cross the finish line. He clocked a 2:12:16 performance and finished in 19th place. Ben Preisner and Justin Kent followed in 28th and 30th positions. Ichitake Yamashita was the first Japanese runner across the line in 12th finishing in 2:11:19.
Twenty-five of 85 starters dropped out.
|2||Maru TEFERI||ISR||2:09:12 SB|
|4||Tebello RAMAKONGOANA||LES||2:09:57 PB|
|7||Hassan CHAHDI||FRA||2:10:45 SB|
|10||Daniele MEUCCI||ITA||2:11:06 SB|
|13||Zach PANNING||USA||2:11:21 SB|
|16||Isaac MPOFU||ZIM||2:11:33 SB|
|19||Rory LINKLETTER||CAN||2:12:16 SB|
|21||Tariku NOVALES||ESP||2:12:39 SB|
|23||Sondre Nordstad MOEN||NOR||2:13:12|
|25||Mohamed Reda EL AARABY||MAR||2:13:55 SB|
|28||Ben PREISNER||CAN||2:15:02 SB|
|29||Johnatas DE OLIVEIRA||BRA||2:15:13|
|32||Jose Luis SANTANA MARIN||MEX||2:15:51|
|33||Berhane Tsegay TEKLE||ERI||2:16:08|
|37||Ngonidzashe NCUBE||ZIM||2:17:02 SB|
|39||Paulo Roberto PAULA||BRA||2:17:18|
|46||Nelson ITO CCURO||PER||2:20:00|
|47||Ernesto Andrés ZAMORA||URU||2:20:59|
|50||Hüseyin CAN||TUR||2:22:11 SB|
|52||Moath ALKHAWALDEH||JOR||2:22:33 SB|
|54||Tomas Hilifa RAINHOLD||NAM||2:23:36|
|55||Nico MONTANEZ||USA||2:24:58 SB|
|56||Nicolae Alexandru SOARE||ROU||2:25:14|
|57||Luis Fernando OSTOS CRUZ||PER||2:25:50|
|58||Justino PEDRO DA SILVA||BRA||2:25:53|
|Oqbe Kibrom RUESOM||ERI||DNF|
|Eyob GHEBREHIWET FANIEL||ITA||DNF|
|Ilie Alexandru CORNESCHI||ROU||DNF|
|Khadar Basheer YOUSSUF||SOM||DNF|
|Alphonce Felix SIMBU||TAN||DNF|
|Kaan Kigen ÖZBILEN||TUR||DNF|
|Andrew Rotich KWEMOI||UGA||DNF|