Kenyans show world clean pair of heels

ROME - Kenya's Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum set a course record when he surged to victory in the 15th Rome Marathon yesterday.

ROME - Kenya's Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum set a course record when he surged to victory in the 15th Rome Marathon yesterday.

He broke away from the pack after two thirds of the race and crossed the finish line near the Colosseum in two hours, seven minutes and 17 seconds, beating the previous course record of 2:08,02.

Paul Kiprop Kirui coasted in second on a pleasant spring day with Kenyans filling every position in the top 10.

Ethiopia's Firehiwot Dado also coped best with the cobbles on the Eternal City's famous streets to take the women's title in a relatively slow time of 2:27,09.

Meanwhile, another Kenyan, Salim Kipsang won the Tokyo Marathon in a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 27 seconds yesterday.

Japan's Kazuhiro Maeda marked his first full marathon by finishing runner-up to Kipsang in 2:11:01 to qualify for Japan's team at the world championships in Berlin this August. Kensuke Takahashi finished third in 2:11:25.

Mizuho Nasukawa led Japan to a clean sweep of the podium in the women's race with a winning time of 2:25:38.

lIn form Erhard Wolfaardt claimed his first National Senior South African Triathlon Championships Title at Germiston Lake on Saturday in the 2009 Nestle Pure Life Bar-One SA Triathlon Championships.

lLucas Nonyana won the 19th Old Mutual Om Die Dam Marathon around Haartbeespoort in two hours, 55 minutes and 50 seconds on Saturday. - Reuters and Sapa

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