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Wangai, Shurkhno win Nashville marathon

Wangai, Shurkhno win Nashville marathon

Simon Wangai of Kenya captured the Country Music Marathon on debut on Saturday. Olena Shurkhno of Ukraine was the top woman.
Wangai finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 52 seconds, more than a minute faster than second-place runner and fellow Kenyan Laban Moibens (2:15:10).
"There are a lot of hills," Wangai said. "You had to have trained hard if you want to win this race."
Wangai said he was ready for the difficulty of the 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) layout.
"My secret was I knew about this course from other guys from Kenya who trained here," he said. "So they were prepared. It was also very hot out there."
Shurkhno finished in 2:37:52.
"I would have loved to have run faster, but this is good," Shurkhno said through a translator.