Athletics: Spectators come out to cheer on Olympics marathon runners

7/8/2021 7:50:00 AM

Athletics: Spectators come out to cheer on Olympics marathon runners

Athletics: Spectators come out to cheer on Olympics marathon runners

SAPPORO: Spectators came out to cheer on the runners in the Olympic women\u0027s marathon on Saturday (Aug 7), ignoring calls by organisers to stay home and avoid gathering in crowds that could spread COVID-19. Local residents gathered near the finish line in Odori Park and other spots along the course, waving

SAPPORO: Spectators came out to cheer on the runners in the Olympic women's marathon on Saturday (Aug 7), ignoring calls by organisers to stay home and avoid gathering in crowds that could spread COVID-19.Local residents gathered near the finish line in Odori Park and other spots along the course, waving flags, clapping and taking smartphone videos as the runners passed by.

Tokyo Olympic organisers have banned spectators from most venues due to COVID-19 and have reported a total of 404 Games-related coronavirus cases since Jul 1.But bronze medallist Molly Seidel of the United States appreciated the support."I think these games have been pretty unprecedented and it's hard for a lot of athletes competing when there's no one out there. Being able to see that support of the people of Sapporo meant a lot," she said.

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LinkedIn SAPPORO: Spectators came out to cheer on the runners in the Olympic women's marathon on Saturday (Aug 7), ignoring calls by organisers to stay home and avoid gathering in crowds that could spread COVID-19.SAPPORO, Japan :Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic women's marathon in Sapporo on Saturday, claiming the country's second consecutive gold medal in the event.SAPPORO: Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic women's marathon in Sapporo on Saturday, claiming the country's second consecutive gold medal in the event.LinkedIn TOKYO : As a child in western Kenya, Peres Jepchirchir ran more than 3 kilometres to get to school each day.

Local residents gathered near the finish line in Odori Park and other spots along the course, waving flags, clapping and taking smartphone videos as the runners passed by. Tokyo Olympic organisers have banned spectators from most venues due to COVID-19 and have reported a total of 404 Games-related coronavirus cases since Jul 1. Kenyans Kosgei, the world record holder, and world champion Ruth Chepngetich had been favourites to win on Saturday. But bronze medallist Molly Seidel of the United States appreciated the support. But it was two-time world half marathon champion Jepchirchir who came out on top after breaking out of a virtual tie with Kosgei at the 40km mark. "I think these games have been pretty unprecedented and it's hard for a lot of athletes competing when there's no one out there. Jepchirchir finished with a time of 2:27:20, 16 seconds ahead of Kosgei. Being able to see that support of the people of Sapporo meant a lot," she said. The heat and humidity forced runners to repeatedly pick up water from the sidelines to keep cool and hydrated.

"And it's very exciting to go down the course and see people cheering and see people with the flags out. Battling hot and humid conditions, Chepngetich dropped out around the 30km mark, while Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km stage after looking like a strong contender for bronze. Battling hot and humid conditions, Chepngetich dropped out around the 30km mark, while Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter dropped out at the 38km stage after looking like a strong contender for bronze. I'd just like to thank the people of Sapporo for coming out and supporting us, it really made this a special day." Fumiko Nakata, a 57-year-old Sapporo resident, wanted to take advantage of a rare chance to watch the Olympics.) Source: Reuters. "This is maybe the last time for me. So that's why I'm here," she told Reuters." Toughness is in Jepchirchir's DNA.

Tokyo Olympic organisers' decision to ban spectators from most venues has been stricter than Japanese professional sports leagues that allow a limited number of fans. But with the marathon run on public streets in Sapporo, on the northern island of Hokkaido, they can only request that people stay away. Kenya's Peres Jepchirchir won the Olympic women's marathon in Sapporo on Saturday, outduelling compatriot Brigid Kosgei in the final minutes and claiming her country's second consecutive gold medal in the event. The men's event will take place on Sunday, the final day of the Tokyo Olympics. Source: Reuters/dv ."But Natalia was a blessing from God.