ATHENS, Greece — Hillary Kipkogei Yego led a Kenyan sweep of the top four places at the Athens Classic Marathon on Sunday, and countrywoman Nancy Rotich won the women's race.
Yego completed the hilly course in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 50 seconds — 42 seconds ahead of Dickson Kimeli. David Kipkorir Rutoh was third in 2:14:43.
Hillary Kipkogei Yego from Kenya crosses the finish line as winner of the Athens Classic Marathon race at the Panathinaiko marble stadium on Sunday Nov. 10 2013. A record number of more than 11,000 runners from nearly 100 countries competed in the 31st Athens Classic Marathon that runs over the original course over the race. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
Rotich won the women's race in 2:41:32, 24 seconds ahead of Ukraine's Svitlana Stanko, who was also last year's runner-up.
The course covers the route said to have been taken by a messenger to announce the Athenians' victory over a Persian army near the village of Marathon in 490 B.C.
More than 11,000 runners from nearly 100 countries competed in the race.
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