Tiki Gelana got the second Gold medal for Ethiopia at London Olympics women’s marathon and eased worried fans after the country lost the widely expected fifth consecutive gold medal at the 10000m men’s final. In a race that missed the world record holder British Paula Radcliffe, Tiki Gelana finished the game at 2:23:07 breaking the Olympic record. Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo finished second at 2:23:12 followed by Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia at 2:23:29.
The race started in a showery London morning and broke up into a leading pack of six runners; Keitany, Edna Kiplagat and Jeptoo from Kenya and Tiki Gelana, Aselefech Mergia and Mare Dibaba from Ethiopia after 25km. The Russians caught up with the leading pack and the leading group was reshuffled with athletes lagging behind and then surging again to catch up with the pack. The final four leaders competing for the medals was clearly separating itself and it had 3 east africans and the Russian Tatyana. The shower started dripping at the final kilometer and that is when Tiki started opening up a gap on Jeptoo and earned the country’s second Gold medal in women’s olympic marathon competition. Ethiopia earned the first ever women’s marathon Gold medal by Fatuma Roba at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.