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Wednesday October 20th 2021

Ethiopia: Gena Siraj wins rainy Beijing Marathon

Gena Siraj (C) of Ethiopia runs during the 2010 Beijing Marathon in Beijing, capital of China, Oct. 24, 2010. Gena Siraj won the gold medal of the men's marathon with 2 hours 15 minutes 45 seconds.(Xinhua/Li Ming)

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.

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