MOSCOW — Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich on Saturday became the first non-Kenyan since 2005 to win the men’s marathon at the world championships.
The Ugandan broke away from Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia in the shaded park around Luhzniki Stadium for a title he capped with a little dance past the finishing line.
Another Ethiopian, Tadese Tola, took bronze on a warm afternoon in the Russian capital.
Kiprotich beat two Kenyans at the London Olympics, but none was in the top three for the first time at a world championship since 2005.
Kenyans had won the last three world titles and were widely expected to boost the position of their nation in the medal standings, where it is currently third behind the United States and host Russia.
It was Uganda’s first men’s world title in the 30-year history of the championships.
“I am so happy I won another gold medal for my country,” Kiprotich said. “Now I am the Olympic and world champion.”
With a dozen events left over the closing weekend, the United States leads the overall standings with 16 medals, including five gold. The host nation has 11 overall, also with five gold.
Kenya has nine overall, including three gold.
Olympic and defending world high jump champion Anna Chicherova will be looking to add to Russia’s tally, especially since her toughest rival, Blanka Vlasic of Croatia, is out injured.
Brianna Rollins of the United States won the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a late surge to the finish.
Rollins won in 12.44 seconds, just ahead of Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia. Pearson, who was also the defending champion, took silver in 12.50, while Tiffany Porter of Britain earned bronze in 12.55.
Dawn Harper, the 2008 Olympic champion from the United States who won bronze at worlds two years ago, was fourth.