Athletics day 9: Felix final? 4x400m relays complete track events


Women’s marathon

Final (5:00 a.m. ET)


Japan Maeda Honami the race broke out early but was overtaken by a large group of pursuers up to the five-kilometer mark. Things were spread out over 15km, although a significant number of runners remained in the race. With temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Sapporo, the pace was relatively slow halfway, reaching halfway in 1:28:51.

Reigning world champion and half-world record holder Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya dropped around the 31km mark as the pace finally picked up pace.

Then, with about six miles to go, the leading group was reduced to five, with second place in the US Olympic trials Molly Seidel on managerial tasks. Also there: world record holder and four-time major winner Brigid Kosgei from Kenya; your compatriot Peres Jepcirchir, No. 5 of all time; Israel Lonah Chemtai Saltpeter, No. 7 of all time; and Bahrains Eunice room.

Chumba was dropped with about four miles remaining, then Chemtai Salpeter and Seidel not long after, and Kenya’s couple fought for gold.

Saltpeter finished the race about two and a half miles from the finish, bringing an unlikely podium Seidel to the bronze medal.

Just over a mile from the finish line, Jepcirchir pulled away and took the win in 2:27:20. Kosgei took silver 16 seconds behind in 2:27:36, while Seidel took bronze in 2:27:46, 26 seconds behind.

Seidel is the third American to win an Olympic marathon medal Joan Benoit‘s inaugural gold at the 1984 and Los Angeles Games Deena KastorBronze in 2004.

It was only her third marathon ever after making her distance debut in US trials in the winter of 2020. Later that year she finished sixth in the London Marathon.