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Ethiopian runners dominate Rome marathon

Rome (AFP) — Ethiopian runners dominated Sunday’s 20th edition of the Rome marathon with Shume Hailu Legese winning the men’s event and Ayelu Lemma Geda the women’s race.

Under the driving rain, Legese clocked 2hr 09min 47sec to finish ahead of countryman Sisay Jisa Mekonnen (2:11:20) with Kenyan Leonard Kipkoech Langat (2:14:08) crossing the line in a Roman centurion helmet.

Two men dressed as centurions hold the finish line as Ethiopian Shume Hailu Legese wins the 20th Marathon of Rome on March 23, 2014 (AFP, Tiziana Fabi)

In the women’s race, Ayelu Geda timed 2hr 34min 49sec to finish over three minutes ahead of Moroccan Janat Hanane (2:38:09) with Italy’s Emma Quaglia third (2:43:23).

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