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Jeptoo wins San Silvestre in record time

SAO PAULO, Brazil, January 1 – Kenya’s world championship marathon silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s San Silvestre race here on Saturday in a record time of 48min 48sec.

The 27-year-old – winner of the Paris and Turin Marathons during her career – beat home Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia while another Kenyan Eunice Kirwa was third for the second successive year in the 15km race that saw 25,000 runners from 34 different countries compete.

The men’s race was won by 24-year-old Ethiopian Tariku Bekele.

The younger brother of athletics great Kenenisa – a three-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 5 and 10,000m – timed 43min 35sec.

Defending champion Marilson dos Santos of Brazil could only finish eighth.

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