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Kenya's Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum sets race record in Rome Marathon

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ROME - Benjamin Kiptoo Kolum led a Kenyan sweep of the top 11 places and set a race record in the Rome Marathon on Sunday.

Kiptoo Kolum won in two hours seven minutes 17 seconds - slicing 45 seconds off the previous race record set by Alberico Di Cecco of Italy four years ago.

It was also the fastest marathon ever run in Italy, beating Simretu Alemayehu of Ethiopia's mark of 2:07:44 in Turin in 2001.

Paul Kiprop Kirui was second in 2:08:23 and Joseph Ngeny was third in 2:08:41.

Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:27:08, with Tetyana Filonyuk of Ukraine second in 2:27:43 and Haile Lema Kebebush of Ethiopia third in 2:28:08.

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