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Kenyans steal the show

Kenyans John Kelai and Ethiopian Mulu Seboka win in the men's and women's categories, respectively, at the fifth edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2008 21:21 IST

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.