Cape Town - South
Africa's Dina Lebo Phalula and Christine Kalmer finished in 63rd and
96th position, respectively, in the women's marathon at the Rio Games on
Flanked by Viktoriia Poliudina of Kyrgyzstan and Andrea Mayr of Austria, Phalula clocked a time of 2:41:46 - and Kalmer 2:48:24.
Kenya's Jemima Sumgong clinched a gold medal in a time of 2:24;04,
while Eunice Kirwas of Bahrain took silver - and Tirunesh Dibaba of
Ethiopian Mestawet Tufa, who came second in the London Marathon
earlier this year, was among the race favourites, but withdrew about an
hour into proceedings.
South African Irvette van Zyl had withdrawn 24 hours prior. Van Zyl sustained a stress fracture of the foot earlier this week.
"She was treated by the physiotherapists on Thursday and Friday. She
complained of pain on her foot and was taken, by the chief medical
officer to the polyclinic for an MRI scan," read a statement from the
South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.
"She has had to be placed in a moon boot and is now using crutches. She is effectively ruled out of participation in her event."