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Updated: March 21, 2010 16:28 IST

Sylvester Teimet wins Seoul International Marathon

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Sylvester Teimet of Kenya reacts after winning the men's race of the 2010 Seoul International Marathon in South Korea.
AP Sylvester Teimet of Kenya reacts after winning the men's race of the 2010 Seoul International Marathon in South Korea.

Sylvester Teimet ran a personal best time to break the course record and lead a Kenyan sweep of the podium at the Seoul International Marathon on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Teimet pulled ahead in the final seconds to win the 42.2-kilometre race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 49 seconds. His time was 3 minutes, 4 seconds faster than his previous best of 2:09:53 and beat South African Gert Thys’ 2004 course record of 2:07:06.

Gilbert Kipruto Kirwa was second with 2:06:59 and Paul Kiprop Kirui took third in 2:07:35.

Teimet earned $125,000 in prize money, including $45,000 for setting a course record.

In the women’s race, Amane Gobena from Ethiopia won with a time of 2:24:13, ahead of China’s Chunxiu Zhou finished in 2:25:01. Caroline Cheptanui Kilel of Kenya was third with 2:26:58.

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