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Keraro, Titova Win at Columbus

October 21, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Kefah Keraro of Kenya took the lead early and won the Columbus Marathon on Sunday.

Keraro ran the notably flat course in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 7 seconds, beating Malcolm Campbell of Scotland, whose finished in 2:20:36.

Campbell came from the second pack to the leading group between miles 14 and 19 and chased Keraro the rest of the way.

Tatiana Titova, of Russia, won the women’s title in 2:33:51. Titova, who finished third last year, won the 1999 event.

Damitry Sivou of Belarus came in third with 2:22:48, followed by Reta Hunde Feyissa of Ethiopia at 2:26:05.

Titova and Olena Platynina led the pack for the first half of the race, but Titova pulled ahead after about 13 miles. Platynina finished in 2:36:13.

Margaret Kagiri of Kenya was third with a time of 2:40:54.

Amy Beatty of Beavercreek, Ohio, was the top U.S. finisher and fifth overall. She finished in 2:58:26, just two seconds ahead of Renee Mangette of Blacklick, Ohio.

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