Posted by: Joe English | March 16, 2008

Races: Yego and Galina win 2008 Rome Marathon

ROME, ITALY– Kenya’s Jonathan Kiptoo Yego outran fellow Kenyan Philip Sanga Kimutai in the closing miles to win the Rome marathon on Sunday.

Kiptoo Yego ran a personal best time of 2:09:57 seconds in windy conditions with Sanga Kimutai crossing the line just five seconds behind him. His time was more than two minutes faster than his previous personal best.

Fellow Kenyan Henry Kapkyai Kimeli completed a Kenyan sweep in a time of 2:10.17 He had led led for a large part of the race.

Galina Bogomolova posted the third-fastest time in the world this year to win the women’s race. Bogomolova broke away just five kilometres into the race and maintained her place at the front of the field to score a runaway victory in a time of 2:22:53 seconds.

Her winning time was the fastest ever achieved on Italian soil, beating the 2:24:59 posted by Margaret Okayo in Milan six years ago.

Bogomolova’s fellow Russian Larisa Zousko finished a distant second in 2:28:18, with Aniko Kalovics of Hungary coming in third in 2:29:04.

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