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Rop wins Hamburg Marathon by one second

Rop wins Hamburg Marathon by one second

Rogers Rop won the Hamburg Marathon on Sunday, edging Wilfred Kigen by just one second as Kenyan runners filled the top six places.
Rop, who won the Boston and New York marathons in 2002, surged past Kigen in the final meters after briefly losing the lead to finish in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 32 seconds and break his personal best by 2 seconds.
Kiprotich Kinei came third in 2:07:42.
"I'm just happy and exhausted," Rop said. "From the start I wanted to go at a high pace, but at the end I started to tire."
In an event watch by 500,000 spectators, Rop collected euro30,000 (US$41,000) for the win, plus euro20,000 (US$27,200) for running under 2:08:00.
In the women's race, Ayelech Worku of Ethiopia was the surprise winner in 2:29:14 ahead of two Kenyans and also took home euro30,000.
Rose Kerubo Nyangacha was second in 2:29:22, followed by Beatrice Omwanza in 2:30:46.
"I just wanted to run a good time," Worku said. "At kilometer 40, I realized I had the chance to win."
With 23,027 runners this year, Hamburg is Germany's second biggest marathon behind Berlin.