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Kenyan runners sweep New York Marathon

  |   Nov. 2, 2003 at 3:23 PM
NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Margaret Okayo and Martin Lel, both from Kenya, were the winners Sunday of the New York Marathon.

Okayo won the race for the second time and shattered her own record for the 26.2-mile course with a time of 2:22:31. She broke her own mark of 2:24:21, set in 2001, by 1 minute, 50 seconds.

The win earned her $160,000.

Lel passed 2002 winner Rodgers Rop with one mile to go and pulled away on Central Park South to win the men's run with a time of 2:10:30. Rop was second and Christopher Cheboiboch third for the second straight Kenyan sweep of the top three spots.

Lel also won the world half-marathon title in 1:00.49 in October. His personal-best was 2:10:02 in the Venice Marathon last year.

Kenyan-born women took the three top spots as world champion Catherine Ndereba was second in 2:23:04 and Lornah Kiplagat, who became a Dutch citizen recently, was third at 2:23:43.

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