• Kenya’s Kipruto and Ethiopia’s Edesa take the 2016 Xiamen International Marathon

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Kenya’s Vincent Kipruto and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Edesa were crowned champions at the 2016 Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on Saturday , January 2.

The 2011 world championships silver medalist Kipruto won the Xiamen international marathon with a time of 2:10:18.

Ethiopian youngster 19-year-old Shura Kitata, who finished second with a PB  of 2:08:53  at Shanghai Marathon in November took second place second in 2:10:20. The podium concluded another Ethiopian  Feyisa Bekele who crossed the line with a time of  2:11:09.

In the women's race Ethiopians swept the podium as the 23-year-old Worknesh Edesa shave off more than seven minutes off her personal best to win the women’s title in 2:24:04. Also, running a new personal best,  Marta Lema (ETH) finished  second with a time of  2:24:32, while Fantu Eticha came in third in 2:26:53.


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