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Posted: May 24, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Cheruiyot takes fourth Ottawa Marathon title

May 24, 2009, OTTAWA -- With a time of 2:13.23, David Cheruiyot of Kenya won the Ottawa Marathon in his fourth come-from-behind victory. Continuing his trend of sprinting past successively younger athletes, the 39-year-old Cheruiyot beat out Wegayehu Girma of Ethiopia, 19 years his junior, by 6 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco, who completed the course in 2:27:41, beating her own 2008 course record of 2:28:44. Second place finisher was Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Thornhill, Ontario with a time of 2:32:10. Kortchaguina has won four of the five marathons she has run in Ottawa since her first appearance in 2002.

Debut marathoner Reid Coolsaet was the first Canadian man to finish the race with a time of 2:17:10. Coolsaet is Canada's top-ranked 5000 metre runner.

Kortchaguina and Coolsaet also won the Canadian Marathon Championships, which were being held at the Ottawa Marathon.

RESULTS -- MEN'S

David Cheruiyot (Kenya) 2:13:23
Wegayehu Girma (Ethiopia) 2:13:29
Ahmed Baday (Morocco) 2:13:56
Laban Moiben (Kenya) 2:14:17
Ketema Amensitsa Tadesee (Ethiopia) 2:14:48
Abraham Kabeto (Ethiopia) 2:16:23
Thomas Omwenga (Kenya) 2:16:32
Reid Coolsaet (Canada) 2:17:10
Fikadu Lemma (Ethiopian) 2:18:31
Josephat Ongari (Kenya) 2:19:47

RESULTS -- WOMEN'S

Asmae Leghzaoui (Morocco) 2:27:41
Lioudmila Kortchaguina (Canada) 2:32:10
Irene Jerotich Kosgei (Kenya) 2:34:28
Salomie Getnet (Ethiopian) 2:37:22
Fiona Docherty (New Zealand) 2:42:11
Evaline Kimuria (Kenya) 2:43:51
Katarina Janosikova (Slovak Republic)2:44:50
Caroline Chepkorir (Kenya) 2:49:48
Myriam Grenon (Canada) 2:51:09
Caroline McIlroy (Canada) 2:54:00

ABOUT THE OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND
The Ottawa Race Weekend, Canada's premier running festival, combines competition, participation and fundraising to make a distinctive contribution to the health of the community. The 2008 Ottawa Race Weekend welcomed more than 32,873 participants in seven races, including the Ottawa Marathon and the MDS Nordion 10K. Run Ottawa, the organization behind the Ottawa Race Weekend, is run by a volunteer Board of Directors.


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