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Uganda's Kiprotich wins men's marathon world title

Saturday - 8/17/2013, 12:24pm  ET

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, second right, competes in the men's marathon at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) -- Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda pulled away late in the race and won the men's marathon gold medal Saturday at the world championships.

Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the silver, 21 seconds behind Kiprotich's winning time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Tadese Tola of Ethiopia won bronze, 32 seconds behind.

No Kenyans were in the top three for the first time at the world championships since 2005. Kenyans had won the last three world titles.

The top Kenyan on a sunny and warm afternoon in Moscow was Peter Some in ninth place.


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