Kenyan-born runner wins record-setting Montreal Marathon

Runners from Kenya dominated Sunday’s record-setting Montreal Marathon, taking the top two spots in the men’s and women’s races.

Kenyan-born American Joseph Chirlee won the men’s event in a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and 42.4 seconds.

The 2008 champ, Lamech Mokono of Kenya, finished in second, 7.8 seconds back. The top Canadian was Michel Lavoie of Quebec, who finished fifth in a time of 2:42:03.8.

On the women’s side, Doreen Kitaka took the title in 2:47:41.2. Anne Kibor of Kenya was 34.3 seconds behind.

Chirlee said it was a tough race because of the relatively cold air. At start time, the temperature in downtown Montreal was 11 degrees C. « The muscles were cramping a lot, » he said. « But we did good. Struggled with the wind, struggled with the cold, and we still ran well. »

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