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Kelai, Kosgei Win Commonwealth Games Marathons

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 14, 2010

Kenyans continue distance dominance in India.

Kenya’s John Ekiru Kelai won the men’s marathon and compatriot Irene Jerotich Kosgei took the women’s title on Thursday at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Kelai crossed the finish line in 2:14:35, becoming the second Kenyan to win Commonwealth gold in the marathon. Michael Shelley of Australia took silver in 2:15:28, 30 seconds ahead of Kelai’s countryman, Amos Tirop Matui.

Kosgei became the first Kenyan woman to win the event at The Commonwealth Games, posting a time of 2:34:32 to claim victory. Kosgei’s teammate, Irene Mogake, claimed silver in 2:34:43, while Namibia’s Beata Naigambo took bronze in 2:35:25.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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