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World Champs Men’s Marathon — Second Surge Golden For Kiplangat

World Champs Men’s Marathon — Second Surge Golden For Kiplangat

Uganda’s Victor Kiplangat rolled fastest through 8 Danube crossings via the scenic Széchenyi Chain Bridge and dropped his first field-softening surge on the span. (VICTOR SAILER/PHOTO RUN)

’22 COMMONWEALTH GAMES gold medalist Victor Kiplangat of Uganda ran his championship marathon record to 2–0, surging hard at 32K en route to a dominating 2:08:53 win. Maru Teferi (2:09:12) sprinted past Leul Gebrselassie (2:09:19) in the final 195m to claim Israel’s first Worlds marathon medal.

While Kiplangat’s win was a bit of a surprise, he certainly didn’t lack confidence or pedigree.

The 23-year-old half-brother of track standout Jacob Kiplimo said, “Last year I was Commonwealth Games champion and that made me think this year I must become world champion, and hopefully next year in Paris I will become Olympic champion.”

After competing on the U20 track circuit and winning the ’17 World Mountain Running Championships, Kiplangat shifted to the roads in ’19, logging 8 sub-62 half marathons, including a 59:26 PR. Making his marathon debut in ’21, Kiplangat won a frantic 4-man uphill sprint in İstanbul, then in ’22 ran a 2:05:09 PR in Hamburg and 2:10:55 for his Commonwealth gold in Birmingham.

He began ’23 with a 2:06:03 runner-up effort in Osaka. Experienced beyond his years, Kiplangat was more than ready for a hot and humid championship race (82F/28C at race’s end): “It was hard today because it was so hot but I felt comfortable because I trained well and prepared for this weather.”

This race was slow to develop as the runners made their way around the 10K criterium loop that included 8 crossings of the famed Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

With two-thirds of the race done, Kenyan Timothy Kiplagat led a thick pack of 21 past the 28K post in 1:26:21 — averaging 3:05 per K, 2:10:08 pace. Kiplangat, Teferi and favored defending champ Tamirat Tola ran at the back of the gaggle, staying clear of the early-race commotion.

As Kiplagat surged at the start of the sixth crossing of the Danube, Kiplangat sped up the incline and shot past the Kenyan coming off the bridge, extending the hard burst with 2:58 and 2:54 kilos to reach 30K in 1:32:14 with Ugandan teammate Stephen Kissa at his side.

After paring the lead pack to six, Kiplangat shifted focus to refueling as he eased through the aid station and a 3:09 kilo content to recover after the breakaway — until he was overrun by the chase group led by Japan’s Ichitaka Yamashita.

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