World of Sport

Runner wins marathon despite being attacked by lunatic

Kenyan runner Edwin Kipsang Rotich was tackled by a member of the public when leading the Kings Race marathon in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba – but he still managed to go on and win.

Rotich was out in front when he was barged off the road by the intruder in the race on Sunday, with policemen on motorbikes having to intervene to help the runner shake off his attacker.

Despite the ambush, the Kenyan, who won the renowned Sao Silvestre Race in Sao Paulo a little over a week ago, kept his composure to come through and still win the race.

The attacker was 33-year-old Wallace de Sousa Nogueira, whom police said has a history of mental problems.

"He has a history of performing acts like these in the past, he's someone with (psychiatric) problems," said the local police officer who arrested him afterwards.

Rotich was followed by his compatriot at the finish line, Mark Korir. Brazilian Daniel da Silva came third.