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Kenya: Kenya confirm marathon dominance ahead of Olympics

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In the men’s race three times champion Martin Lel grabbed second place in a frenzied sprint for the line with Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, while twice world champion Abel Kirui finished sixth after looking certain to clinch a top three finish. Defending champion Emmanuel Mutai, who set the course record of 2:04:40 last year, finished one place behind Kirui after Makau had dropped out with a hamstring injury at 16 kilometres. In the women’s event, the five-strong Kenyan team took each of the first five places with Edna Kiplagat finishing second ahead of Priscah Jeptoo.

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