Kenyans sweep Nagpur International Marathon

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Nagpur, Jan 30 (PTI) Kenyan athletes hogged the limelightin the third edition of the Nagpur International MarathonFor Peace and Non-Violence, organised to coincide with thedeath anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, here today.

Kyui John clocked 2.15.20.4 hours to clinch the top spotin the men''s 42.195 km marathon, while Afework AyeleKibret of Ethiopia claimed the second place with 2.15.32.8hours; Sumbei Fredrick (also from Kenya) finished thirdclocking 2.16.01.2 hours.

Kenyans ruled the roost in the women''s half marathon too,taking all the top three positions. Muia Jane Mwikali neededjust 1.13.13.3 hours to capture the crown in the 21.097 kmrace, while Muthio Kumyu won the second spot with 1.13.15.3hours. Adimas Kasahun Mamo with 1.13.46.6 hours finishedthird.

Indian men and women disappointed with their dismalperformances. Vipul Kataria, with 2.29.09.7 hours, finished20th and Dattatraya Jaybhoye finished 22nd position. Histiming was 2.29.42.4 hours, followed by Nilesh Wamanrao Bodhe(2.29.51.9 hrs) in the 23rd position.

Asian Games silver medallist and Commonwealth Gamesbronze medallist Kavita Raut finished 13th with a poor timingof 1.19.23.8 hours. Raohini Raut and Monika Raut, with timingsof 1.26.13.8 and 1.27.08.8 hours, were placed 16th and 17threspectively.

The winners in the men and the women categories took homecash awards of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh respectively.

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