Athletics: Kenyans win traditional street race in Sao Paulo

AP, Tuesday 31 Dec 2013

Kenyan runners
Kenyan runners, from left, Mark Korir, second place, Edwin Kipsang Rotich, first place, and Stanley Koech, third place, celebrate at the podium of Sao Silvestre men's race in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Edwin Kipsang of Kenya won his second straight Sao Silvestre street race on Tuesday in Sao Paulo, finishing ahead of countrymen Mark Korir and Stanley Koech.

Kipsang ran the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) race on the streets of South America's biggest city in 43 minutes, 48 seconds, beating Korir by 21 seconds. Koech was 42 seconds back.

Nancy Kipron of Kenya won the women's race for the first time, finishing in 51 minutes, 58 seconds, ahead of Ethiopia's Netsanet Kebede and Kenyan Jackeline Sakilu.

It was the 89th edition of the street race, which always takes place on Dec. 31.

Organizers said nearly 27,000 people participated in the event.

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