Nyahora finishes 92nd in Rio marathon

HARARE - Zimbabwean long-distance runner Rutendo Nyahora finished in 92nd place out of 157 runners during the women’s Olympic Games marathon in Rio de Janeiro yesterday.

Nyahora clocked a time of 2:47:32 some 23 minutes and 28 seconds behind race winner Jemima Sumgong of Kenya, who won the gold medal with a time of 2:24:04.

The 27-year-old Zimbabwean was within the leading pack in the opening stages of the race as she was in 66th place after the first five kilometres.

At that stage, Nyahora was 26 seconds behind the leaders but began to drop as the scorching Rio heat took its toll on the runners.

By the halfway stage of the race, the Zimbabwean was in 101st place some seven minutes and 11 seconds behind the leaders.

In the end, she could not get anywhere near the leading pack but to her credit finished the race that saw over 20 athletes fail to last the distance.     

On the other hand, Sumgong became the first female Kenyan to win the marathon gold at the Olympics.

Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa claimed silver and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba snatched the bronze.

Sumgong, 31, bided her time throughout the race, staying with the leading pack and not moving ahead until the final kilometres.

Belarusian Volha Mazuronak, 27, shook up the pack halfway through, taking the lead and briefly pulling ahead of the lead group.

The move pushed the pace, stringing out what had been a lead pack of more than two dozen runners, causing some to drop back.

It was the first in a series of attacks by the first-time Olympian, who was ultimately unable to sustain the pace and was dropped by the leaders in the closing stages before finishing fifth.

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