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Kenyans sweep Buenos Aires marathon

10-08-2012 09:25 BJT

BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kenya'sEric Luusa Nzioki won the Buenos Aires marathon Sunday, beating out a record 8,135 runners, and leading his country's clean sweep of the top three spots.

The number of participants in this year's 42-kilometer run surpassed last year's 7,225, setting a new record for the annual event through the streets of Argentina's capital. 

Nzioki won with a time of 2:12:05, followed by fellow Kenyans Patrick Wachira Muriuki (2:13:12)and Robert Matu Mwangi (2:14:43).

In the women's race, Kenya's Lucy Karimi won the top spot with a time of 2:41:38, followed by compatriot Frasiah Nyambura Withaka (2:41:42) and Argentina's Andrea Graciano (2:49:22).

The Buenos Aires city government helped organize the event put on by the Nandu Foundation with the sponsorship of mobile phone company Claro and athletic-gear maker Adidas.

The long-distance race forms part of the international circuit recognized by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and the AIMS (Association of International Marathons), according to the city's Sports Under-secretariat.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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