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Kitwara wins in Sao Paulo

04 March 2015, 13:18

Nairobi - Sammy Kitwara confirmed his status as the world's best 10km runner after he claimed his fifth win in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday.

Belaynesh Oljira of Ethiopia claimed her country's first victory in four years in the women's race.

Facing one of the strongest winds in the history of the race, former world half-marathon bronze medallist Kitwara completed the distance in 28:51, the slowest winning time since the race turned international in 2000.

World 10,000m bronze medallist Oljira launched a strong sprint to overcome her Kenyan rivals and take Ethiopia's first World’s Best 10k victory since 2011.

 "Wow, what can I say? I love winning here," said Kitwara.

"The competition was tough and I had to push all the way until the finish line. John (Mwangangi) wouldn’t let me go and I gave my best to take this important victory."

The women's race featured another battle between Kenyans and Ethiopians.The lead group of 11 at the 3km mark was reduced to four with two kilometres remaining, leaving just Cynthia Limo and Betsy Saina of Kenya as well as Ethiopia's 2011 winner Sentayehu Ejigu and Oljira.

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