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Rotich wins Hamburg marathon in rain


ROTICH-HAMBURGHAMBURG, April 26- Kenya’s Lucas Rotich admitted rain had put a dampener on his time as he won the Hamburg marathon on Sunday.

The 25-year-old clocked two hours, seven minutes and 17 seconds over the 42.195km with Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea thirty seconds back in second and fellow Kenyan Stephen Chebogut finishing third at 44 seconds.

“The rain hindered a better time, but I am very happy and always tried to push,” said Rotich, who is a 5000m specialist on the track.

The women’s race was won by Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia, who won in 2:25:41, just ahead of Kenya’s Sylvia Kibet in second and Namibia’s Beata Naigambo.