The 7th edition of the race offered mild conditions, with the 05:00 start temperature as low as 16°C. Billy Bohkle, pilot and former miler at LSU, dominated the race with steady pacing which took him to his first win. Californian Ted Archer appreciated the destination and combined the first race of the new year with his honeymoon.
Ruth Ann David of St Thomas, V.I. had almost given up hope of defending her title as she had difficulty getting to St Croix on New Year's eve. At the last minute fellow National Team Member Billy Bohlke turned his car around, went back to the airport and flew over to St. Thomas to save the day. David, who succumbed to dehydration two years ago in her debut marathon in St Croix ran strongly to win the women's in a personal best time and finish third overall.
The race was run in memory of Ted Corbitt, an Olympic marathon runner, pioneer in marathon running, ultra running and founder of a number of organizations associated with the development of running as it is known today in the USA.
MEN: 1 Billy BOHLKE ISV 2:44:53 2 Ted ARCHER USA 3:07:53 3 Matt HALK 3:50:07 4 Richard JEANPIERRE ISV 3:54:06 5 Scott FRICKS ISV 3:56:23 WOMEN: 1 Ruth Ann DAVID ISV 3:25:44 2 Marie BELANGER CAN 4:06:20 3 Amanda WAREHEIM ISV 4:19:55 4 Susan DALEY USA 7:12:14
Photo: Sasa Kralj
The 22-year old Kenyan Samuel Muturi sprung a surprise win in the 7th edition to set a new course record writes Cyrille Cartier. Second-placed Negari Terfa also broke the old record. Muturi broke free from Terfa in the final stages to win by 60m. Tefa cracked his previous best by almost four minutes. Third-placed Rachid Kisri also set a personal best.
A total of 33,000 runners from over 40 countries competed in the 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon, and Marathon — with 6800 in the full marathon. Muturi advanced stadily through the field from 10th place at 15km, 9th place at 25km and third at 30km (1:32:26) just behind Terfa. They were five seconds apart at 35km (1:47:22) and were even at 40km (2:02:07). Terfa had been in the top five since 20km while Kisri was second (1:00:30) and stayed at the heels of a group of fellow Africans until he fell 30 seconds behind the top three at 35km. Last year's winner Kiprotich Kenei led until 35km but then cramped. Kisri made his move into third at 40km (2:03:32) more than a minute behind Terfa. Yanmin Hou was the first Chinese national in seventh, bettering his PB of 2:16:38 from Hangzhou last year.
The women's race was a disappointment after last year's course record 2:22:38 was set by 18-year-old Zhang Yingying. Rong Chen's winning time this year was more than seven minutes slower. Yingying took second place with 2:32:57, nearly 10 minutes outside her record. In third, Wang Jiali took five minutes off her 2:39:04 PB set in Beijing in 2007.
The fast men's times came as a surprise following earlier fears of unfavorable weather, but the wind died down and it stayed cool throughout the race. In a ceremony earlier, the mayor of Marathon in Greece, Spyridon Zagaris, and Xiamen's mayor, Liu Cigui, signed an agreement to create a sister city relationship.
MEN: 1 Samuel Muturi MUGO KEN 2:08:51 2 Negari Getachew TERFA ETH 2:09:01 3 Rachid KISRI MAR 2:10:33 4 Sammy Kiptoo KURGAT KEN 2:11:00 5 Frederick CHERONO KEN 2:12:31 6 Elias Kiptum MAINDI KEN 2:13:12 7 Yanmin HOU CHN 2:13:26 8 Longyun REN CHN 2:15:05 9 Haiyang DENG CHN 2:15:48 10 Zachary NJOROGE KEN 2:16:07 WOMEN: 1 Rong CHEN CHN 2:29:52 2 Yingying ZHANG CHN 2:32:57 3 Jiali WANG CHN 2:33:58 4 Aiping FENG CHN 2:35:05 5 Wenrong ZHENG CHN 2:36:08 6 Lingling JIN CHN 2:39:15 7 Yingying ZHU CHN 2:39:40 8 Yanan WEI CHN 2:40:35 9 Junliang XU CHN 2:42:30 10 Xin ZHANG CHN 2:42:40
MEN: 1 Pawel OCHAL POL 2:22:30 WOMEN: 1 Irina SONGERLAYNEN RUS 2:44:00 2 Emily SAMIKWA KEN 2:45:23
MEN: 1 Thomas KIPROTICH KEN 1:09:34 2 Ka Man GI HKG 1:12:38 3 Andrew NAYLOR GBR 1:13:32 4 Kwok Cheung CHAN HKG 1:15:06 5 Tung Hoi YIP HKG 1:15:13 6 Yiu Chung WUN HKG 1:15:15 7 Hok Lan YAI HKG 1:15:22 8 Ho Ki LAI HKG 1:16:36 9 Kwong Man LAU HKG 1:17:34 10 Tin Yau WONG HKG 1:17:37 WOMEN: 1 Suet Fei LI HKG 1:24:51 2 Sui Ping FAN HKG 1:25:25 3 Yuen Fan LEONG HKG 1:26:53 4 Ayako FUJISEKI JPN 1:28:43 5 Kit Yee CHAN HKG 1:29:00 6 Rachel SPROSTON 1:29:33 7 Hoi Wa CHUNG HKG 1:29:54 8 Kai Wa LAI HKG 1:30:14 9 Mun Tse CHOI HKG 1:31:17 10 Angelina KONG HKG 1:31:25
Jackson Kipkoech's winning time of 2:08:07 was an Israeli all-comers record, winning Kipkoech a record bonus of $50,000. The course record he surpassed was that of second-placed Leonard Muchera set a year ago when Kipkoech had finished third.
Athletes from 22 different countries took part despite the ongoing fighting in Gaza, and to the north across the border into Lebanon.
MEN: 1 Jackson KIPKOECH KEN 2:08:07 2 Leonard MUCHERA KEN 2:09:37 3 Philemon BOIT KEN 2:10:55 4 Samson BUNGEI KEN 2:10:58 5 Pius ROTICH KEN 2:11:53 6 Simon NJOROGE KEN 2:11:58 7 Wilson ONSARI KEN 2:13:46 8 Stanley LELEITO KEN 2:14:24 9 Phaustin BAHA TAN 2:14:41 10 Elijah MUTURI KEN 2:14:57 WOMEN: 1 Irene KOSGEI KEN 2:39:07 2 Asrat ADDIS ETH 2:42:23 3 Meseret GEMEDA ETH 2:47:05 4 Kalkidan BAKCHA ETH 2:51:17 5 Jenesse FRALICK USA 3:05:43
Torrential rain in the final stages ruined Haile Gebrselassie's world record attempt, but he still took the $250,000 first prize, with the eighth fastest time ever run. He already has the top three times.
On an uncharacteristically cool morning for the Gulf – the temperature stayed around 12°C for the duration - the first shower came after just 5km. Even so Gebrselassie was right on schedule went through halfway in 61:45 as he had intended, 20 sec faster than he had run in Berlin four months ago when he set the current world record of 2:03:59.
At 30km he was even faster, half a minute up on schedule, but the last pacemaker dropped out at 32km and the rain began in earnest. The pace dropped outside three minutes per kilometre and record possibilities evaporated. Gebrselassie refused to be downhearted: "I'm really pleased with this performance," he said "it is my best time in this sort of weather. I'm not perfect for it. It's not the rain from the sky, it's the water on the asphalt."
The women's race turned out to be as exciting as expected. The threat to last year's winner and race favourite, Berhane Adere also materialised, in the shape of 2008 runner-up Bezunesh Bekele, and the Kenyan, Helena Kiprop. Bezunesh, 25, and Kiprop, 33, swapped the lead heading a group of eight, while the 35-year old Adere surveyed her rivals. But Bezunesh and Kiprop sped away such that within a kilometre they had forged a gap of 100m. They traded the lead between them for another 2km before Bekele opened up a similar gap on the Kenyan.
The women were even longer in the rain, so Bekele's winning time was almost a minute outside her fourth fastest debut in history, 2:23:09 last year. But this was a mightily impressive performance from the youngster, and suggests that with Adere, Gete Wami and Derartu Tulu being on the last lap of their careers, Bekele is the standard bearer for the new generation. Another Ethiopian, Atsede Habtamu debuted impressively in second place, and relegated Kiprop to third.
With even the tenth placer winning $10,000 (often a first place prize elsewhere), the overall prize pot is $500,000 each for men and women, making Dubai the world's richest marathon in terms of prizes. Had Gebrselassie broken his world record, he would have earned a million dollar bonus. As he said, "Next time!"
MEN: 1 Haile GEBRSELASSIE ETH 2:05:29 2 Deressa EDAE CHIMSA ETH 2:07:54 3 Eshetu WENDIMU ETH 2:08:41 4 Gashaw MELESE ETH 2:10:59 5 Dereje TESFAYE ETH 2:11:42 6 David KEMBOI KEN 2:12:14 7 Mesfin ADMASU ETH 2:12:23 8 Tesfaye TOLA ETH 2:12:56 9 Asnake FIKADU ETH 2:15:01 10 Nephat NGOTHO KEN 2:15:23 WOMEN: 1 Bezunesh BEKELE ETH 2:24:02 2 Atsede HABTAMU ETH 2:25:17 3 Helena KIPROP KEN 2:25:35 4 Tatyana PETROVA RUS 2:25:53 5 Genet GETANEH ETH 2:27:47 6 Eyerusalem KUMA ETH 2:26:51 7 Birhane ADERE ETH 2:27:47 8 Shuru DIRIBE ETH 2:28:26 9 Atsede BAYSA ETH 2:29:13 10 Mulu SEBOKA ETH 2:30:10
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Kenneth Mburu Mungara shattered John Kelai's dream of winning a hat-trick of titles writes Ram Murali Krishnan. The men's race saw a Kenyan sweep of the podium places, while Haile Kebebush led an Ethiopian 1-2 finish in the women's race.
On a misty morning. Boniface Usisivu led a group of a dozen athletes through 10km in 30:36. Usisivu and Ethiopian Rege Neguse then led through 14km in 43:10 with top home contender Ram Singh Yadav only 35 seconds behind the group. As Usisivu's pace slowed seven athletes passed through halfway in 65:44, just 4 seconds inside the target time to improve the course record of 2:12:03. At around 24km, just after the turning point, Mungara broke away, chased by Kelai and the Ethiopians Neguse and Lemma Siyoum, reducing the gap between them as the temperature rose towards 30°C. Mungara, last year's winner in Toronto and Prague, had other ideas and responded as Kelai and David Tarus edged closer to him. His determined finish brought him a new course record that also bettered the 30-year old Indian all-comers record. It was the fifth consecutive victory for Kenyan men at Mumbai after Hendrick Ramaala (South Africa) won the inaugural title in 2004.
With three-time champion Mulu Seboka running in Dubai less than 48 hours earlier, she left the task in Mumbai to nine of her country-mates. Linah Cheruyiot did the early front-running but Kebebush and her Ethiopian compatriot Martha Markos closed in at the turn point at 23.2km. Cheruyiot dropped behind when the women started climbing the hill at 35km but last year's runner-up Irene Mogaka remained in the fray. Kebebush, fifth in last year's race, made a final 200m sprint to take the race seven seconds ahead of Markos, with Mogaka a distant third.
Indian athletes dominated the half-marathon with Surender Singh – the national record-holder in the 10,000m - taking the men's title and Kavita Raut the women's.
This year's race was significant as it was the first major public event held after the 26 November terror attacks on Mumbai. A portion of funds generated from the race will go to rehabilitation of the victim's families. Bollywood stars, models, social workers and businessmen took part either in the full or half-marathon and the 6km 'Dream Run' and wheelchair events conducted simultaneously. Industrialist and financier Anil Ambani is a regular participant and has been awarded the permanent bib number 9999. Triple Olympic champion and race ambassador Gail Devers presented awards alongside IAAF Council Member and Chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi.
MEN: 1 Kenneth MUNGARA KEN 2:11:51 2 David TARUS KEN 2:12:02 3 John KELAI KEN 2:12:23 4 Regu NEGUSE ETH 2:14:04 5 Lemma SIYOUM ETH 2:14:29 6 Peter BIWOTT KEN 2:14:32 7 Ben SEREM KEN 2:14:32 8 Stanley RONO KEN 2:15:01 9 John MUTAI KEN 2:15:07 10 Simon TONUI KEN 2:16:22 WOMEN: 1 Haille KEBEBUSH ETH 2:34:08 2 Marta MARCOS ETH 2:34:15 3 Irene MOGAKA KEN 2:37:28 4 Zebenay MOGES ETH 2:38:47 5 Radiya ROBA ETH 2:39:25 6 Emma MUTHONI KEN 2:42:07 7 Auela LEMMA ETH 2:42:23 8 Olena BILOSHCHUK UKR 2:44:15 9 Joyce KIRUI KEN 2:47:40 10 Joyce KANDIA KEN 2:47:57
It was an unexpectedly warm day with temperatures reaching the mid-20's later in the morning. Visitor Andrew Henneessy had a runaway victory in the full marathon over a scenic, hilly course around the High Island Reservoir. Much of the course is covered twice, making the race extremely challenging. Last year's women's winner Chan Pui Shan retained her title by pulling away in the last 12km from second-placed Angelina Kong. A total of 348 runners finished the race, including 72-year old John Lane who has run in every single China Coast Marathon.
MEN: 1 Andrew HENNESSY 2:45:16 2 Ka Wai KONG 2:54:56 3 Tung Hoi YIP 2:57:22 4 William DAVIES 2:58:50 5 Chuck COSMAN 2:59:43 6 Dave CANTWELL 3:02:55 7 Fan Chun SING 3:05:12 8 Peter BEER 3:11:45 9 Edward SO 3:13:58 10 Nicholas BALL 3:14:22 WOMEN: 1 Shan Chu PUI 3:18:36 2 Angeline KONG 3:23:20 3 Chen Hing CHAN 3:23:40 4 Pui Yi LI 3:43:54 5 Yah Wa MA 3:48:27 6 Poey Liu KUNG 3:50:22 7 Wiwin LEUNG 3:53:07 8 Yin Wa Sitty SIU 3:59:08 9 Fung Oi CHUNG 4;01:56 10 Suit Fong WONG 4:02:53 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Stefano PASSARELLO 1:11:17 2 Adrian HORVATH 1:17:17 3 Tat Ming CHOI 1:18:34 WOMEN: 1 Sui Ping FAN 1:30:20 2 Kit Yee CHAN 1:33:08 3 Helen RAO 1:36:16
MEN: 1 Isaac Waweru MACHARIA KEN 2:14:30 2 Alene RETA 2:14:51 3 Richard TIROP KEN 2:15:11 4 Christopher KIPYEGO KEN 2:15:50 5 Hillary Lelei KIPCHOGE KEN 2:15:52 6 Reuben Chesang KAMBICH KEN 2:16:48 7 Bethuel Kipyego CHERUIYOL KEN 2:19:10 8 Edilberto Mendez HERNANDEZ MEX 2:19:59 9 Wilson CHEPKWONY KEN 2:20:25 10 Stephen CHELAL KEN 2:21:24 WOMEN: 1 Margarita Tapia GARCÍA MEX 2:31:08 2 Jessica Rodriguez GALVAN MEX 2:34:10 3 Sara Cedillo SANCHEZ MEX 2:35:27 4 Viola BOR KEN 2:35:34 5 Annah Kibor JELAGAT KEN 2:40:13 6 Emma Maldonado CARMONA MEX 2:47:20 7 Angelica Sanchez IBARRA MEX 2:50:09 8 Karina Estrada HERNÁNDEZ MEX 2:56:11 9 Gusdalupe Garcia GONZÁLEZ MEX 3:07:09 10 Maria Felix Polo HERNÁNDEZ MEX 3:15:52
MEN: 1 Damiao A DE SOUZA BRA 29:42 2 Marco J MARCO BRA 29:45 3 Luis P DA S ANTUNES BRA 30:04 4 Jose DO N SOUZA BRA 30:24 5 Eliesio DA SILVA BRA 30:50 6 Paulo L DOS SANTOS FILHO BRA 31:06 7 Edson A SANTOS BRA 31:37 8 Eliezer DE JESUS SANTOS BRA 31:50 9 Cosme A DE SOUZA BRA 31:57 10 Antonio C DE PAULA BRA 32:40 WOMEN: 1 Sara R MAKERA TAN 34:06 2 Marily DOS SANTOS BRA 34:49 3 Marcia NARLOCH BRA 36:20 4 Selma C DOS REIS BRA 37:01 5 Marluce Q F BORGES BRA 37:44 6 Gisele B DE JESUS BRA 37:55 7 Maria B CABRAL BRA 39:07 8 Maria J ALVES BRA 39:25 9 Suxanne L FREITAS BRA 42:32 10 Claudia K P DE OLIVEIRA BRA 43:53
Breaking away from the lead pack at 28.5km and covering 30-35km in 16:11, Yoko Shibui won convincingly writes Ken Nakamura. There were no pacemakers, and the race got off to a slow start, led by former winner Lidia Simon. At 5km 17 runers passed through in 17:25. As the pace picked up slightly the group reduced, and at 11.5km Aki Fujikawa fell, although she eventually finished 16th in 2:41:02. Simon led through halfway in 1:13:00, but there were still a dozen runners together at 25km. When Yukiko Akaba then picked up the pace Peninah Arusei dropped, but it was not until 28.5km that Shibui made her move, covering the 30th kilometre in 3:21. Only Akaba tried to stay with Shibui, but when the next kilometre was run in 3:13 she too was left behind. Shibui ran the next two kilometres in 3:16 and 3:09, leading Akaba by nine seconds. Shibui's 30-35km split was 16:11, 10 seconds faster than that of Mizuko Noguchi when she set the course record. At 35km Shibui led Akaba by 25 seconds who in turn was 52 seconds ahead of Miki Ohira, Yumiko Hara and Madoka Ogi. In the next 5km Shibui added a minute to her advantage, and went on to win by nearly two minutes.
Despite the slow early pace Shibui's time was the twelfth fastest on the course. It was also the fourth fastest in Shibui's eleven marathon career. Akaba finished second with a 2:25:40 debut. Madoka Ogi eclipsed the best ever time for the eighth place in Osaka by 10 seconds.
Another debutante, Akane Wakita, a protégé of Yoshio Koide, was ninth in 2:31:16. Incidentally, her time is slightly faster than Naoko Takahashi's marathon debut time, which was 2:31:32, recorded in the 1997 Osaka Ladies marathon.
Shibui's victory broke a four-year drought since her last marathon win. "I was never able to pick up the pace at the end of the race" she said. "I think I have figured out how to win the marathon." It was the third marathon victory of her career, having won her debut in Osaka in 2001 and the 2004 Berlin Marathon with the national record (2:19:41). This win takes her back to Berlin, as part of the Japanese team for the 2009 World Championships.
WOMEN (ONLY): 1 Yoko SHIBUI JPN 2:23:42 2 Yukiko AKABA JPN 2:25:40 3 Yumiko HARA JPN 2:26:57 4 Miki OHIRA JPN 2:27:08 5 Lidia SIMON ROM 2:27:14 6 Mika OKUNAGA JPN 2:27:16 7 Ruth WANJIRU KEN 2:27:38 8 Madoka OGI JPN 2:27:56 9 Akane WAKITA JPN 2:31:16 10 Akemi OZAKI JPN 2:32:09
MEN: 1 Chuck ENGLE USA 2:45:23 2 Russ WALTERS USA 3:22:40 3 Trent JENSEN USA 3:25:23 4 Clark DAVIS USA 3:26:11 5 Andrew RIEMER USA 3:27:16 6 Nick KAISER USA 3:28:23 7 Jeff WHITE USA 3:43:14 8 David PETERS USA 3:44:47 9 Jeromy RISNER USA 3:51:57 10 Troy NEURAUTER USA 3:53:59 WOMEN: 1 Vivien LIM USA 3:37:04 2 Audrey BANFILL USA 3:49:37 3 Elise C DOW USA 3:50:27 4 Bekkie WRIGHT USA 3:56:27 5 Sonya KIZIAH USA 3:57:05 6 Lesley ROOYAKERS CAN 3:58:44 7 Maria C VARGAS USA 4:01:52 8 Sandra J GUINEBRETIERE USA 4:01:58 9 Cynthia L WEST USA 4:10:10 10 Aron L LANIE USA 4:17:24
MEN: 1 Joel Kiplimo KEMBOI KEN 2:13:32 2 Armon Kipchirchir KEMEI KEN 2:14:03 3 Charles KANYAO KEN 2:14:14 4 Robert KOSGEI KEN 2:15:24 5 Julius KIPLIMO KEN 2:16:05 6 Samwel LIMO KEN 2:16:18 7 Neo MOLEMA RSA 2:17:02 8 Daniel Omori GEKARA KEN 2:17:21 9 Phillip Kanau MUCHOKI KEN 2:18:48 10 Damtew WARKNEH ETH 2:19:08 WOMEN: 1 Sunisa SAILYOMEN THA 2:45:18 2 Margaret Njunga WANGUI KEN 2:47:10 3 Patcharee CHAITONGSRI THA 2:47:52 4 Everlyne Nyamu ATANCHA KEN 2:52:22 5 Margaret Kiplagat JEPKOGE KEN 2:54:33 6 Phylis Jelgat CHEPKONGA KEN 2:54:34 7 Tanaporn ASSAWONGCHAROEN THA 3:09:18 8 Kan KUSUWAN THA 3:12:41 9 Thanyatorn SAMUTNOI THA 3:16:18 10 Chutimon RITTIDET THA 3:18:27
The 20th edition of the race on a fast, flat course also benefitted from ideal weather conditions (12°C, and little wind). In the men's race eight runners passed halfway in 1:05:45. Sammy Kibet started to push adter 25km and by 38km only three contenders remained. Of these David Ruto took over the leadership and Kibet began to drop back after 40km. Adhane Yamane followed a little later. Ruto, who had been recruited to the race as a pacemaker, improved his personal best by over five minutes.
In the women's race last year's winner Yeshi Esayias strode away from the rest of the field to win by 9 minutes. There was a combined field of over 6000 runners for the Marathon and half marathon events.
MEN: 1 David RUTO KEN 2:10:31 2 Adhane YAMANE ETH 2:10:48 3 Sammy KIBET KEN 2:11:08 4 Hassan BELKHANOUCH FRA 2:12:21 5 Adelo ROBA ETH 2:12:57 6 Gebrselassie REDA ETH 2:13:54 7 Zaid LAAROUSSI MAR 2:15:05 8 Said REGRAGUI SWE 2:19:23 9 Hassan OULHAMI MAR 2:21:19 10 Said THRAT MAR 2:22:02 WOMEN: 1 Yeshi ESAYIAS ETH 2:29:52 2 Genet KAHSAY ETH 2:38:22 3 Beta NAIGAMBU NAM 2:39:11 4 Nadha WIJENBERG NED 2:46:17 5 Aziza EL OUAFI MAR 2:46:39 6 Fatima BIDAYA MAR 3:00:58 7 Taye FEKADU ETH 3:01:54 8 Mahbora BELKACEM TUN 3:05:42 9 Edith DOYEN FRA 3:21:26 10 Samantha WOODWARD GBR 3:23:43 HALF MARATHON MEN: 1 Allan NDIWA KEN 1:02:12 2 Dennis NDISO KEN 1:02:31 3 Mark TANUI KEN 1:02:38 WOMEN: 1 Malika ASHSA MAR 1:09:54 2 Asmae LEGHZAOUI MAR 1:11:11 3 Tigist TUFA ETH 1:11:46
MEN: 1 Juan JIMENEZ MEX 1:12:58 2 Jaime ROQUE MEX 1:14:14 3 Jeff HUXHOLD USA 1:14:17 4 Hector Alejandro Juarez AMADOR MEX 1:15:07 5 Alfredo Camacho GONZALEZ MEX 1:18:59 6 Sergio Menes BAUTISTA MEX 1:23:16 7 Jose Alonso Rosales AGUIRRE MEX 1:23:16 8 Hans Fitch URIAS MEX 1:24:04 9 Miguel Angel Pilar HERRERA MEX 1:24:58 10 Manuel Gerardo BURGOIN MEX 1:27:58 WOMEN: 1 Sara Cedillo SANCHEZ MEX 1:25:12 2 Juana Cervantes ORTA MEX 1:26:49 3 Silvia Toro BADILLO MEX 1:40:06 4 Josefina Diaz MARTINEZ MEX 1:40:45 5 Alejandra LEDESMA MEX 1:41:44 6 Martha Marinez REYES MEX 1:44:00 7 Laura Lopez URQUIJO MEX 1:45:34 8 Julia Linares FLORES MEX 1:45:40 9 Ma del Carmen Perez TAPIA MEX 1:45:58 10 Paola MASERA MEX 1:49:20
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