Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Lucy Karimi claimed victories at the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Cherono made a powerful late-race surge to win the men’s race in 2:07:24, taking over two minutes off his previous best, while compatriot Lucy Karimi did likewise to take the women’s title in 2:24:46.

This was for many athletes from several countries the last opportunity to impress their respective countries’ selection committees ahead of the Rio Olympics. While the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes will have made little impact, the leading Czech athlete had more success.

“I liked the race,” said Cherono. “It was very nice. I felt very tired at the end because the course was tough, not very flat, so it tired me out. I am happy because I improved my best time.”

Around 10,000 were expected to line up for the race in the Czech capital’s Old Town Square. This event is one of three IAAF Gold Label races in Prague and one of seven in the Czech Republic – the most worldwide for cities and countries respectively.