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World's Fastest Marathons - As of April 2010
Men            
Rank Athlete Home Country Time Finish Race Year
1 Halie Gebreselassie Ethiopia 2:03:59 1 Berlin 2008
2 Halie Gebreselassie Ethiopia 2:04:26 1 Berlin 2007
3 Duncan Kipkemboi Kibet Kenya 2:04:27 1 Rotterdam 2009
3 James Kipsang Kwambai Kenya 2:04:27 2 Rotterdam 2009
5 Patrick Makau Kenya 2:04:48 1 Rotterdam 2010
6 Halie Gebreselassie Ethiopia 2:04:53 1 Dubai 2007
7 Paul Tergat Kenya 2:04:55 1 Berlin 2003
7 Geoffrey Mutai Kenya 2:04:55 2 Rotterdam 2010
9 Sammy Korir Kenya 2:04:56 2 Berlin 2003
10 Abel Kirui Kenya 2:05:04 3 Rotterdam 2009
11 Samuel Wanjiru Kenya 2:05:10 1 London 2009
12 Vincent Kipruto Kenya 2:05:13 3 Rotterdam 2010
13 Martin Lei Kenya 2:05:15 1 London 2008
14 Tsegay Kebede Ethiopia 2:05:18 1 Fukuoka 2009
15 Tsegay Kebede Ethiopia 2:05:19 1 London 2010
Women            
1 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2:15:25 1 London 2003
2 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2:17:18 1 Chicago 2002
3 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2:17:42 1 London 2005
4 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:18:47 1 Chicago 2001
5 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2:18:56 1 London 2002
6 Mizuki Noguichi Japan 2:19:12 1 Berlin 2005
7 Irina Mikitenko Germany 2:19:19 1 Berlin 2008
8 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:19:26 2 Chicago 2002
9 Deena Kastor United States 2:19:36 1 London 2006
10 Sun Yingjie China 2:19:39 1 Beijing 2003
Kebede Cruises in London

Tsegaye Kebede won by more than a minute.
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London, England (Sports Network) - Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede won his first London Marathon on Sunday, breaking Kenya's six-year reign in the event, while Russians Liliya Shobukhova and Inga Abitova finished 1-2 in the women's race.

Kebede, who was second to 2008 Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru in the London Marathon last year, ran the course in two hours, five minutes and 19 seconds.

Kebede was just 10 seconds back of Wanjiru last year, but Sunday won in convincing fashion. He finished more than a minute in front of his closest competitor, Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, who crossed the line in 2:06:23. Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, 37, was third in 2:06:55.&  continue>>
Makau Wins Rainy Berlin Marathon

Patrick Makau of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon.
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Wanjiru wins Chicago Marathon

Sammy Wanjiru won his second straight title.
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya captured the men's title at the Chicago Marathon for a second straight year, while Russia's Liliya Shobukhova also successfully defended her women's crown.

Wanjiru finished in a time of two hours, six minutes and 24 seconds, edging London Marathon winner Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia by 19 seconds. Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia was third, another 1:27 off the pace.

Kebede and Wanjiru were running side-by-side heading to the finish at Grant Park, but Wanjiru was able to pull away down the stretch. Wanjiru also won the Olympic Marathon at Beijing two years ago and the London title in 2009.  continue>>
Gebremariam wins NYC Marathon

Gebre Gebremariam captured the men's title.
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia captured the men's title at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, while Edna Kiplagat of Kenya claimed the women's crown.

Gebremariam finished in a time of two hours, eight minutes and 14 seconds, well ahead of Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai and Moses Kigen Kipkosgei on the men's side. Mutai was 1:14 behind and Kipkosgei was 2:25 off the winning pace.  continue>>

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