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Seoul Marathon: African runners dominate Seoul Marathon

African runners on Sunday dominated the Seoul International Marathon in the South Korean capital, sweeping both the men's and women's titles. According to athletics world governing body, IAAF, Ethiopia’s Yakob Jarso won the men's race in a huge personal best of 2 hours, six minutes and 17 seconds.

Jarso took almost five minutes off his previous best when winning the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, and became the first ever Ethiopian men’s winner at the famous race, which can trace its history back to 1931.

Kenya's Stephen Chemlany was second in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds, a personal best, followed by another Kenyan, Gilbert Kirwa, in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 44 seconds.

In the women’s race, another African - Kenya’s Helah Kiprop - won in a personal best of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 29 seconds.

The result is a 33-second improvement from when Kiprop finished fourth at last year’s Berlin Marathon.

Ethiopia’s Ashu Kasim finished second in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 45 seconds, while Namibia’s Helaria Johannes was third in 2 hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds.

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