Kenyans nab top spots in Tel Aviv Marathon


(JTA) — Kenyans took the top three spots among some 40,000 runners in the Tel Aviv Marathon.

Koech Ezekiel Kiprop was the overall winner on Friday in a record 2 hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds. Kiprop was followed by Keter Emmanuel Triop and Sammy Limo, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Margaret Mjugna, also a Kenyan, finished first among the women in 2:44:20.

Emergency medical services treated 65 runners, Army Radio reported, most from heat exhaustion. One was in serious condition.

The Tel Aviv municipality said there were 150,000 spectators.

Last March, a 29-year-old man died and dozens more were hospitalized with heat stroke and dehydration while running the half marathon in Tel Aviv. The run was in unseasonably warm weather and led the city to cancel the full marathon that was to be held a few days later.

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