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Korir wins Amsterdam Marathon

November 2, 1997

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Sammy Korir of Kenya ran away with the Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday, winning in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 24 seconds.

Kamel Ziani of Morocco was second in 2:10:18, while Andres Espinoza of Mexico, considered the pre-race favorite, was third in 2:10:22.

Elfenesh Alemu of Ethiopia won the women’s division in 2:37:36, beating Josette Colomb-Janin of France, 2:38:57, and Maria Luiza Munoz of Spain, 2:40:01.

Korir was well ahead of the world-record pace of 2:06:50 for the 16 miles until the race’s pacemakers began to drop out. The world record was set in 1988 by Belayneh Densamo of Ethiopia.

Korir’s time was outside his personal best of 2:08:02, but improved the course record of 2:09.01 set in 1980 by Gerard Nijboer of the Netherlands.

The weather conditions were not especially favorable for marathon running, with fog covering many of the city’s cobbled streets, while temperatures peaked at 45 degrees.

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