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Kenya and Ethiopia runners out in force.

Byline: Yasir Abbasher

Abu Dhabi Runners from Kenya and Ethiopia are out in force to lay their claim on the Zayed Marathon prize today.

Almost all of top 10 runners in the men's and women's section come from these two African countries. Yonas Kefle of Eritrea is the lone contestant among the top 10 times list in the men's field.

List of fastest runners, before today's marathon:

Men: Patrick Makau (Kenya) 58:52 minutes, Sammy Ketwara (Kenya) 58:52, Wilson Kipsang Kprotich (Kenya) 58:58, Jonathan Maiyo (Kenya) 58:59, Bernard Kpeyego (Ethiopia) 59:15, Wilson Kwambai (Kenya) 59:32, Deriba Merga (Kenya) 59:32, Abel Kirui (Kenya) 59:33, Yonas Kefle (Eritrea) 59:35, Tilahum Regassa (Kenya) 59:36, Micah Kogo (Kenya) 59:36.

Women: Mary Keitany (Kenya) 66:36 minutes, Dire Tune (Ethiopia) 67:18, Philes Moraa Ongori (Kenya) 67:38, Aselfeeh Merga (Ethiopia) 67:48, Abebu Gelan (Ethiopia) 67:57, Wude Yimer Ayalew (Ethiopia) 67:58, Mamitu Deska (Ethiopia) 68:07, Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) 68:16, Carloine Jeptanui (Kenya) 68:16, Penina Arusei (Kenya) 68:39.

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Date:Jan 7, 2010
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