Kiptoo dazzles Rome, Lel takes Lisbon

Martin Lel winning in Lisbon (Marcelino Almeida)

Kenya's Benjamin Kiptoo and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado were the surprise winners of the Acea Electrabel Maratona di Roma on Sunday.

Kiptoo, winner of two marathon races in Brescia and Beijing in 2008, went on to smash the Italian all-comers’ record clocking 2:07:17, despite starting as a pacemaker.

Dado, who entered the Rome Marathon race with a 2:37:34 PB set in Kosice in 2008, produced a major surprise taking the win in the women’s race, smashing her lifetime best to 2:27:08.

Kenyan Martin Lel wins the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon - an IAAF Gold Label Road Race - crossing the line under one hour by four seconds in 59:56.

Lel, a three-time winner at the London Marathon and twice in New York, got his third marathon victory after triumphs in 2003 and 2006, three wins, each three years apart.

Moroccan Jaouad Gharib was second (59.59), after his third place last year, with Kel's compatriot Robert Cheruyiot fourth in 1:00.05.
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