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Ethiopia's Adhane wins Rotterdam marathon

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10:17, April 16, 2012

THE HAGUE, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's Yemane Adhane won the 32nd edition of the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, in a time of 2:04:48.

Adhane broke away from compatriot Getu Feleke in the final 600 meters and finished solo on the Coolsingel street in the center of Rotterdam. Feleke came second in 2:04:50 and Moses Cheruiyot Mosop from Kenya captured the third place in 2:05:03.

Due to strong winds the runners failed to come closer to the world record of 2:03:38 set by Kenyan Patrick Makau in Berlin in 2011. They also were not able to better the course record held by Kenyan Duncan Kibet - 2:04:27.

In the women's race Ethiopian Tiki Gelana did set a new course record, the fastest time of the year and a personal record by winning in 2:18:58. The former record dated back to 1998 by Kenyan Tegla Loroupe (2:20:47).

Italian Valeria Straneo finished second in 2:23:44 and Ethiopian Merima Mohammad Hasen had to settle for third place in 2:25:48.

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