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Mungara wins Mumbai Marathon 2009

January 18, 2009

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On a day of sweltering heat and stifling humidity, a trio of Kenyan athletes showed once again why the East African nation is the world's premiere producer of long-distance runners, by sweeping the results at the 2009 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.

Kenneth Mugara of Kenya finished the 42 kilometre race in 2 hours 11 minutes and 51 seconds, breaking countryman Daniel Rono's 2006 course record of 2 hours 12 minutes and 3 seconds.

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    Fellow Kenyans David Tarus (2 hours 12 minutes and 2 seconds, also breaking the previous course record) and -- previous two-time Mumbai Marathon winner -- John Kelai (2 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds) rounded out the top three.

    Image: Kenneth Mugara crosses the finish line, with the crashed motorcycle in the background.

    Photographs: Sanjay Sawant and Reuben N V
    Text: Matthew Schneeberger

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