World champion Rose Chelimo made light of brutal conditions to taker top honors at the Asian Games women marathon that was held on Sunday (26) in Jakarta, India.
The Kenyan-born athlete produced a devastating break from the leading pack after the 25-kilometre mark and a ran alonely race cutting the tape in 2:34.51.
Chelimo’s gold continued Bahrain’s recent Asian Games success in the marathon after Eunice Kirwa and Hasan Mahboob both also born in Kenya won the women’s and men’s titles in 2014.
Despite smashing her rivals in a slow race to take gold, Chelimo admitted that Jakarta’s heat and poor air quality had caused her problems.
“It was bad, it was too hot and the air here was choking making it impossible for you to breathe, said Chelimo.
Japan’s Keiko Nogami came in a distant second when she crossed the line in 2:36.21 with North Korea’s Kim Hye Song closing the podium three finishes.