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ROME (AP) _ Kenya’s Vincent Kipsos won the Rome Marathon on Sunday, beating countryman Steven Matebo by more than a minute.
Italy’s Maria Cocchetti captured the women’s event in a race that featured about 40,000 entrants and started and finished next to the Colosseum.
Under partly cloudy skies, Kipsos finished the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Matebo was the runner-up, 1:09 behind. He was followed by Ethiopia’s Moges Taye in 2:11:08.
Cocchetti was timed in 2:33:06. Next were Ethiopia’s Gadisse Edato (2:33:36) and Belgium’s Sandra Van den Haesevelde.