Kibet wins first Osaka gold

OSAKA, Japan -- Luke Kibet ended Kenya's 20-year wait for a men's world marathon title with a comfortable victory in the first event of the 11th world championships on Saturday.

The 24-year-old prison guard overcame searing heat and high humidity to clinch gold in two hours, 15 minutes and 59 seconds.

Kenyan-born Qatari Mubarak Hassan Shami took silver, more than a minute behind his former compatriot in 2:17:18, and Swiss Viktor Roethlin came through to finish third in 2:17:25.

"I'm happy and I am proud to win the gold medal for my country," Kibet told reporters. "It's been a long time for Kenya without the gold medal in marathon."

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