BEIJING (AP) — Gena Siraj of Ethiopia won a rain-lashed Beijing Marathon, finishing ahead of Gert Thys of South Africa with one of the slowest times in the event’s 30-year history.
Siraj finished the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 45 seconds, with Thys following in 2:15:56. Matthew Sigei of Kenya was third in 2:16:01.
Chinese runners dominated the women’s race, with Wang Jiali winning in 2:29:31, 15 seconds ahead of Chen Rong and third-place getter Wang Xiaoshu in 2:30:21.
The light drizzle that had slicked the streets before the race developed into steady rain soon after the start.