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Kenya wins first gold in women Olympic marathon

Jemima Sumgong made the most of a kick with 6km to run to win Kenya’s first ever Olympic women’s marathon gold on Sunday.

Sumgong timed 2hr 24min 04sec for Kenya’s first-ever women’s marathon gold over the 42km course that finished at Rio’s Sambodromo with temperatures hitting 28 degrees Celsius (82F).

Just before the finish, a group of protesters carrying banners tried to get over barriers and onto the course.

Bahrain claimed only their second medal in any sport when Kenyan-born Eunice Kirwa took silver, 9sec adrift of Sumgong, while defending champion Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia claimed bronze, at 26sec.