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Kenyans at the double in Sao Paulo race

A victorious Kibiwott Kandie crosses the line to win the Sao Paulo New Year’s Eve race © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Jan 1 – Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie came from behind in a dramatic sprint finish to win the 95th edition of the popular annual Sao Silvestre race in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

Kandie pipped Ugandan teenager Jacob Kiplimo on the line with a time of 42.59, becoming the first man to break 43 minutes for the 15-kilometer race through the streets of Brazil’s biggest city.

A tattooed runner gestures before the start of the 95rd 15-km Sao Silvestre international race in Sao Paulo, Brazil © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

Fellow Kenyan Titus Ekiru took third.

On a triumphant day for Kenyans, Brigid Kosgei easily won the women’s race, breaking away early from the pack to finish in 48.54 — only one of three women to finish the event in under 50 minutes.

Kosgei’s compatriot Jemina Sumgong set the record of 48.35 in 2016.

Aerial view of the start of the Sao Silvestre race in Sao Paulo © AFP / Miguel SCHINCARIOL

Sheila Chelangat, another Kenyan, took second, more than a minute behind Kosgei, with Ethiopia’s Tisadik Alem Nigus in third.

More than 35,000 runners took part in the historic race, which has been run since 1924, many of them in fancy dress.

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