Athletics: First gold at world c'ships goes to Kenya, as Edna Kiplagat retains marathon title

Kenya's Edna Kiplagat celebrates her win in the women's marathon final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, Aug 10, 2013. The 33-year-old became the first woman to retain the marathon world
Kenya's Edna Kiplagat celebrates her win in the women's marathon final at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia on Saturday, Aug 10, 2013. The 33-year-old became the first woman to retain the marathon world title when she eased home on Saturday to earn the first gold medal on the opening day of the world championships. -- PHOTO: AP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Kenya's Edna Kiplagat became the first woman to retain the marathon world title, when she eased home on Saturday to earn the first gold medal on the opening day of the world championships.

The 33-year-old clocked 2hr 25min 44sec to take gold ahead of long-time leader Valeria Straneo of Italy (2:25:58), while Japan's Kayoko Fukushi took bronze (2:27:45).

Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia never contended on her return to competition after being knocked over by a wheelchair competitor during this year's London Marathon.