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Kwambai runs 59:01 Half (20.3km) in Marseille; Maria Abel wins with 2:26:58 in Frankfurt

29 October 2002James Kwambai, a 26-year-old Kenyan, won Sunday's Marseille-Cassis Half Marathon (20.3km course) in 59:01, to edge out Tanzania's Zebedayo Bayo.

The largely unheralded Kwambai who has a 10km best of 28:17, smashed the race record on a 20.308km course by more than a minute.

Bayo, who was third in the 1998 New York Marathon (2:08:51) clocked 1:00.12 for second, with compatriot Martin Sulle third in 1:01.09. Sulle finished 5th in the Commonwealth Games 10,000m in July.

Banwella Mrashani of Tanzania, the national Marathon record holder (2:29:51) won the Women's Half Marathon in 1:08.38, beating Kenya's Magdaline Chemjor (1:08.50) and Jelena Prokopchuka of Lithuania (1:09.12).

IAAF & AFP

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Frankfurt, Germany - Spain's Maria Abel captured the women's Marathon in 2:26:58. Germany's Luminita Zaitucu finished second with 2:29:57, after Abel passed her around the 26km (17th mile) point in the race.

Men
1, Eliud Kerling, Kenya, 2:12:32.
2, Henry Cherono, Kenya, 2:12:46.
3, James Moiben, Kenya, 2:12:56.
4, Barnabas Rutto, Kenya, 2:14:04.
5, Marek Dryja, Poland, 2:14:32.

Women
1, Maria Abel, Spain, 2:26:58.
2, Luminita Zaituc, Germany, 2:29:57.
3, Inga Juodeskiene, Lithuania,2:31:29.
4, Lena Gavelin, Sweden, 2:33:40.
5, Vera Notz-Umberg, Switzerland, 2:38:10.

AFP