Two-time world champion Ednah Kiplagat’s husband, Gilbert Koech was full of praise for his wife after winning the 121st edition of Boston marathon on Monday evening in Eldoret.
Koech, who is also her coach said Kiplagat’s win was due to her endurance and followed clear training instructions that bore fruits.
“She followed the instructions to the later. I knew she was going to win since I monitored all her running styles and skills that we used to follow in our training programmes,” said Koech who watched the whole 42km race from their house in Eldoret’s leafy suburbs of Elgon View.
There was celebration as Kiplagat supped the Boston course, with each moment followed by claps and cheers from friends, athletes and family members who had joined Koech in his house to keep him company.
The two time London marathon champion made her maiden appearance at the world’s most prestigious race and won leaving behind Kenyan born turned Bahrain runner Rose Chelimo.
The 38 year old runner from Elgeyo Marakwet County cut the tape in 2:21.52 ahead of Chelimo in 2:22.51 before Hasay Jordan of United States of America (USA) completed the podium in 2:23.00.
“She promised me that she will follow the instruction we were doing in training, I knew she will do well and for sure, she did what she promised by following training instructions,” added Koech.
It was also a Kenyan affair in men’s race where Geoffrey Kirui won the men’s race. Kirui clocked 2:09.37 ahead of USA’s galen Rupp (2:09.58) and Japan’s Suguru Osako completing the medal bracket in 2:10.28.