FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Vincent Kipruto led a Kenyan sweep of the top five runners Sunday at the wet and windy Frankfurt Marathon. Caroline Kilel added to Kenya's success by winning the women's race.
Kipruto edged Mark Kiptoo by a second to finish in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds.
"He was strong, so I had to watch him and decided to wait until the final moment with my attack," Kipruto said. "The goal was to run sub 2:05, but I am still happy."
Elijah Kemboi was third in 2:07:34, followed by Jacob Chesari and Albert Matebor. Feyisa Bekele of Ethiopia was the fastest non-Kenyan, finishing more than three minutes behind Kipruto.
This was the 12th consecutive Frankfurt Marathon won by a Kenyan. The adverse weather ensured Wilson Kipsang's 2011 course record of 2:03:42 remained safe.
Kilel also won this race in 2010. This time, she finished in 2:22:35, ahead of compatriot Flomena Chepchirchir and Birhane Dibaba of Ethiopia.
"I wanted to run 2:21, but with the wind and rain, this wasn't possible," Kilel said. "But I am very happy because I managed to improve my personal best by two seconds. It was my second race in Frankfurt and my second personal best here. I want to come back in 2014."
Altogether, 14,964 runners from 96 nations entered the marathon.