Defending champion Abel Kirui of Kenya won the men’s marathon Sunday at the world championships, leading the African nation to a 1-2 finish.

Kirui, who set a championship record two years ago in Berlin, won the race in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 38 seconds to claim Kenya’s seventh gold medal of the competition and reaffirming its dominance in the long distances.

Kenyan teammate Vincent Kipruto came in second, finishing in 2-10-06, followed closely behind by Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in third in 2-10-32.

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