Geoffrey Kirui won the Kenya’s first gold medal at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships.

He won the men’s marathon on Sunday beating Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola who got silver and Alphonce Shilambu of Tanzania who bagged bronze.

Kirui extended the country’s record as the most successful country in the men’s marathon. He is the fifth Kenyan champion.

“This is the best moment of my career, easily,” said Kirui after the win.

“I am so happy to win the world title because it is my first time at these championships. This was the best course and the best crowd I have seen at a marathon.”

Geoffrey Kirui after winning gold for Kenya. Photo: hindustantimes.com

In the women’s marathon, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat settled for silver tying Catherine Ndereba’s record of two consecutive golds and a silver medal at the world championships

Kenya’s Rose Chelimo running for Bahrain won gold.

Flomena Daniel (Kenya) missed bronze by three seconds after being beaten by American Amy Cragg.

Douglas Wakiihuri was the first Kenyan to win gold in 1987 in Rome. It took 20 years for the country to get another gold medal in Luke Kibet, who won in the Osaka Championships in 2007. Abel Kirui is a double winner in this event in Berlin and Daegu in 2009 and 2011 respectively.

“Kirui’s win is great for the country and history was on our side,” said Wakiihuri.

Gideon Kipketer finished fourth behind Callum Hawkins of Great Britain. Pre-race favourite Daniel Wanjiru faded to eighth.