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Jun 17, 2007 at 02:02pm IST

Africans sweep Mumbai marathon

Mumbai: For the fourth consecutive time, African runners stole the show at the Mumbai marathon with Kenyan John Kelai emerging the winner in 2:12:28 hours on Sunday morning.

Ethiopians Gashaw Melese (2:12:33) and Tariku Jufar (2:12:50) finished second and third respectively in the 42-km race.

Kelai, who was trailing Jufar till the 34-km mark, picked up pace after the Peddar Road flyover in south Mumbai to emerge victorious in his debut run at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, which has emerged as one of the most keenly awaited sporting events in the city's calendar.

WINSOME THREESOME: For the fourth consecutive time, African runners stole the show at the event. (IBN)

The Indians made a clean sweep in the half marathon event by claiming the top three positions.

The 21.097 km race, the first event to be flagged off in the morning, was won by Pune's Deep Chand with a timing of 1:08.03 followed by Bhairav Singh Lone (1:08:25) and Sachin Sonawane (1:08:27).

India's Madhuri Gurnule claimed the top honours in the women's half-marathon event.

Gurnule came up with a timing of 1:19:54 to bag the top spot ahead of Switzerland's Saviola Oppliegar and Bhagwati (India), who finished second and third, respectively in the 21.097-km race.

The winners were given prizes by Maharashtra Chief Secretary DK Shankaran and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Johny Joseph.