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Kenya double-up at Edinburgh Marathon

02 June 2015, 12:47

Nairobi - The Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday was dominated by Kenyan's Peter Wanjiru and Joan Kigen, who won their respective races.

Wanjiru powered home in 2:19:34 ahead of Scotland’s Neil Renault.

"I wasn’t expecting to win because you had the defending champion in David Toniok,” said Wanjiru.

"But it was my day today. We were talking during the race and saying we should help each other to get through it with the conditions and land a good time, but it was just too tough. I had to move in front and then, soon, the others were kaput.

"The race was good to halfway, but after that, there was a lot of wind. At 30km I decided to move. The last mile was very difficult, the wind was blocking me. I even had to stop. If not for the wind, maybe I could have broke the course record. This is my first race of this season, so I am happy to win.”

Meanwhile, Kigen would impress with a 2:39:43 finish, nearly ten minutes ahead of second place Charlotte Firth of Britain.

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