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Benjamin Rotich wins Barcelona marathon


AFP

24 March 2002Barcelona – Kenya’s Benjamin Rotich won the Barcelona Marathon in a time of 2:12:07. He defeated Tanzania’s Benedict Ako (2:15:26) and his compatriot Samuel Kosgei (2:15.28).

Second last year, Rotich had practically no opposition this year breaking through after the 30km mark.

Ukraina’s Galina Zhul'Yeva won the women’s race ahead of Italy’s Tiziana Di Sessa.

Leading Results
Men
1. Benjamin Rotich (Ken) 2:12.07
2. Benedict Ako (Tan) 2:15.26
3. Samuel Kosgei (Ken) 2:15.28
4. Wesley Ngeno (Ken) 2:15.29
5. Sebastian Panga (Tan) 2:15.32
6. David Menjo Kimutai (Ken) 2:16.34
7. Haimad Absediam (Mar) 2:17.10
8. Daniel Komen Kipcheru (Ken) 2:17.30
9. Benito Ojeda (Esp) 2:17.40
10. Chala Kelile (Eth) 2:18.35

Women
1. Galina Zhul'Yeva (Ukr)        2:40.33
2. Tiziana Di Sessa (Ita) 2:41.14
3. Ludmila Smirnova (Rus) 2:44.43
4. Leire Elosegui (Esp) 2:57.43
5. Silvia Belarre (Esp) 3:02.28