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Cheruiyot and Erkesso win Boston

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot finished in 2:05:52.
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Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia held off Russia's Tatyana Pushkareva to capture the women's title at the Boston Marathon, while Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya claimed the men's crown in record fashion.

Cheruiyot, who is no relation to four-time Boston winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, finished in a time of two hours, five minutes and 52 seconds, smashing the previous record of 2:07:14 set by his similar namesake in 2006.

"I was not thinking about 2:05, I wanted to show my talent," said Cheruiyot, who earned a first prize of $150,000 plus a course record bonus of $25,000.  continue>>
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>>
NYC Marathons - Fastest Americans
Fastest American Men
Rank Athlete Year State Time Finish
1 Robert Kempainen 1975 Minnesota 2:08:47 7
2 Alberto Salazar 1982 Oregon 2:08:52 1
3 Dick Beardsley 1982 Minnesota 2:08:54 2
4 Greg Meyer 1983 Massachusetts 2:09:00 1
5 Bill Rodgers 1979 Massachusetts 2:09:28 1
6 Ron Tabb 1983 California 2:09:32 2
7 Bill Rodgers 1975 Massachusetts 2:09:56 1
T7 Meb Keflezighi 2005 California 2:09:56 3
9 Benji Durden 1983 Colorado 2:09:58 3
10 Meb Keflezighi 2009 California 2:09:15 1
Fastest American Women
Rank Athlete Year State Time Finish
1 Kara Goucher 2008 Oregon 2:25:53 3
2 Deena Drossin 2001 California 2:26:58 7
3 Marla Runyan 2002 Oregon 2:27:10 4
4 Kim Jones 1989 Washington 2:27:54 2
5 Julie Brown 1982 California 2:28:33 2
6 Shalane Flanagan 2010 Oregon 2:28:40 2
7 Patti Catalano 1980 Massachusetts 2:29:33 2
8 Julie Shea 1981 North Carolina 2:30:11 3
9 Anne Marie Letko 1994 New Jersey 2:30:19 3
10 Kim Jones 1990 Washington 2:30:50 2

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