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Kenyans rule Singapore Marathon
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08:59, December 03, 2007

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Kenya's runners ruled this year's Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon held here Sunday.

Elijah Mbogo, followed by his compatriots Amos Tirop Matui and David Cheruiyot, wrapped up the men's top three.

Mbogo crossed the finish line in 2:14:22, breaking the record of 2:14:59 set by the title-defender Matui at last year's race.

Matui came in second in 2:14:25, failing to defend the title he has held for two consecutive years, but he said after the race that he was happy because as a team they won. Cheruiyot came in third in 2:14:41 seconds.

In the women's race, Ethiopia's Alem Ashebier Gebrez won the battle with Kenyans to win the gold medal in a time of 2:37:08, pocketing 25,000 U.S. dollars cash prize, the same as Mbogo got.

She was followed closely by Kenyans Edith Masai and Caroline Kwambai, clocking time of 2:38:06, 2:38:45 respectively.

The Singapore Marathon, sponsored by the Standard Chartered Bank, is one of the four legs of the Greatest Race On Earth series that also includes marathons in Nairobi, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

About 40,000 runners took part in this year's race, exceeding last year's record of 31,000 runners, according to organizers.

Source: Xinhua

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