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Kenyans steal the show

india Updated: Jan 20, 2008 21:21 IST
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Kenyan John Kelai and Ethiopian Mulu Seboka dominated proceedings at the fifth edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, winning the men's and women's categories respectively in the 42 km-long race.

Kelai won the men's title for the second year running with a time of 2:12:22:21 and was closely followed by Eithopian Tariku Jiffar 2:12:27:98. Fellow Kenyan Philemon Boit finished third with a timing of 2:12:34:57.

Seboka set a new race record and won the women's category with a timing of 2:30:03:19. Mogaka Irene from Kenya stood second with a timing of 2:32:50:91 ahead of compatriot Karie Toroitich, who stood third at 2:33:55:69.

Indian runners had a field day in the half marathon category with Surender Singh and Kavita Raut winning the 21-km race in the men's and women's category respectively.

Singh finished with a timing of 1:05:43:57 beating Finnish athlete Jutsi Utrianen who clocked 1:05:57:07 while Santosh Kumar came third with a timing of 1:06:16:05.

In the women's category, Raut fought off some close competition from compatriot Preeja Sreedharan to bag the first place.

Raut timed 1:16:36:81 while Sreedharan clocked 1:16:38:07.

Indian Preeti Rao finished third with a timing of 1:19:26:51.