Rose Chelimo won the biggest marathon of her career Sunday, finishing the world championship race in winning time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 11 seconds.
Chelimo, a runner from Kenya who represents Bahrain, accelerated past Kenya’s two-time world champ Edna Kiplagat during the uphill stretch to the finish. After a back-and-forth race between the pair, Kiplagat could not respond to Chelimo’s final push.
“This is one of the best days in my life,” Chelimo told the Associated Press.
Kiplagat finished seven seconds back for the silver medal, barely beating a hard-charging Amy Cragg from the U.S., who earned a bronze. It is the first U.S. women’s world marathon medal since Marianne Dickerson captured a silver in 1983.
“I was like, ‘This is the moment I’ll remember — whether or not I pushed to get closer or gave in,’” Cragg told media. “It was really painful. I decided to go for it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Lindsey Vonn’s top rival for downhill gold is in danger of missing the upcoming Olympics.
Ilka Stuhec, a world champion Alpine skier from Slovenia, suffered a torn ACL after a practice crash in Austria this weekend.
Stuhec had become a strong medal favorite for PyeongChang after winning FIS World Cup titles in downhill and Alpine combined last season. She also won a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships, where Vonn placed third.
According to a post on the FIS website, surgery is set for this Wednesday, with more information to come after that. But preliminary reports suggest that she is likely to miss the Olympics.
“For now it looks like Ilka Stuhec will have to miss a large part or maybe the whole World Cup season, including the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” a spokesperson for Struhec told Reuters.
In a tweet, Struhec acknowledged that she would be sidelined “for a few months.”
The Olympics start in less than four months.
Mikey Lillis, a 17-year-old aerials skier, died in his sleep at his home in East Rochester, N.Y., overnight Saturday, according to U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
“We are a family, and as a family our entire team grieves for Mikey, his own family and his teammates,” U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw said in a statement. “We’ll remember him for the pathway he was following and the goals he was beginning to achieve. Our condolences go out to his parents Bernie and Jamie and the entire Lillis family.”
Lillis was working his way to join his two older brothers at the elite international level. He made three podiums on the Nor-Am Cup tour between the last two seasons.
Jon Lillis, 23, is the reigning world champion in aerials. Chris Lillis, 19, won the FIS Rookie of the Year award last season with four top-10 finishes on the World Cup.