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Down to the wire in Rotterdam

Kenyans Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai produced a scintillating photo finish in Sunday’s 29th Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands.

Kibet edged it to win in 2hr 04min 27sec, the third fastest run of all time and Kwambai was awarded the same time.

Only world record-holder Haile Gebrselassie (2:03:59 and 2:04:26) has run faster.

The flat Rotterdam course has already produced world records on three occasions.

Behind the leading duo the Kenyan domination continued with Abel Kirui setting a personal best 2:05:04 for third and then Patrick Makau debuting with a fourth spot in 2:06:14.

“Around 35 kms I had to close a little gap,” Kibet said. “I do not know what happened in the final stage. I only know I won. I was a little bit worried because one of my knees was painful but everything went fine. Next year I will be back here on this extremely fast course.”

Women’s winner was Russian Nailya Yulamanova in a personal best of 2:26:30, relegating favourite Lydia Cheromei into second spot (2:28:09).

Yulamanova lost her luggage en route to the race and only managed to organise new shoes the night before the race.

Leading Rresults

MEN
1. Duncan Kibet, Ken       2:04:27 PB, course record old 2.05.49 William Kipsang 2008)
2. James Kwambai, Ken      2:04:27 PB (correct)
3. Abel Kirui, Ken         2:05:04 PB
4. Patrick Makau, Ken      2:06:14 PB debut
5. Jackson Kipkoech, Ken   2:08:54
6. Alfred Kering, Ken      2:09:19 PB
7. Mesfin Ademasu, Eth     2:09:32 PB
8. Robert Kipcumba, Ken    2:09:54 PB debut
9. Richard Limo, Ken       2:10:09
10. Mariko Kipchumba, Ken   2:12:17

WOMEN –
1. Nailya Yulamanova, Rus     2:26:30  PB
2. Lydia Cheromei, Ken        2:28:09
3. Adriana Pirtea, Rou        2:36:36
4. Sue Harrison, GBr          2:37:27
5. Viktoria Ryazantseva, Rus  2:40:33
6. Luzia Schmid, Sui          2:52:14
7. Marta Esteban Poveda Esp   2:53:48
8. Minna Kainlauri, Fin       2:56:01
9. Katja Merlin, Bel          2:58:10
10. Birgit Kraemer, Ned        2:59:42


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