Dominic Ondoro of Kenya didn’t live up to his pre-race promise to break the 30-year-old course record. But he won the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday with one of the fastest times in decades.
Ondoro finished the 26.2-mile race from Minneapolis to St. Paul in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 16 seconds.
The course record is 2:10:05, set by Phil Coppess of Iowa in 1985. Ondoro turned in the fastest winning time since 1990, when Maurillo Castillo of Mexico won in 2:11:01.
Ondoro, 28, won the 2014 Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth in a record time of 2:09:06.
Kenya’s Elisha Barno, who won the 2015 Grandma’s Marathon in June, finished second in 2:11:39, while countryman Jacob Chemtai was third in 2:14:13.
Abraham Chelanga of Coon Rapids finished fourth in 2:15:53.
Serkalem Abrha of Ethiopia won the women’s race in 2:31:40. She outkicked reigning Grandma’s women’s champ Jane Kibii of Kenya, beating her by four seconds. Simegn Abnet Yeshanbel of Ethiopia was third in 2:32:44.
Cynthia Jerop of Coon Rapids was the first Minnesota finisher, placing 10th in 2:44:58.
In the USATF Masters Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the Twin Cities Marathon for the 25th straight year, Clint Wells of Boulder, Colo. won the men’s title in 2:24:00, edging five-time USATF Masters champion Mbarak Hussein by eight seconds.
Jenny Schulze won the women’s masters title with 2:45:17.
Tyler Byers of Denver won the wheelchair competition in 1:58:02.
In all, 8,511 finished the 34th running of the marathon.
Molly Huddle of Providence, R.I., won the USATF 10 Mile Championships held in conjunction with the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in an event-record 51:44. She also won the $10,000 Equalizer Bonus in the handicapped competition between USATF Championship women and men.
Huddle won the women’s race ahead of Neely Spence of Superior, Colo., second in 53:03, and Alexi Pappas of Eugene, Ore., third in 53:10.
Sam Chelanga of Tucson, Ariz., who won the USATF men’s race in 46:47. He outran 2014 Medtronic Twin Cites Marathon champion Tyler Pennel of Blowing Rock, N.C., second in 46:48, and Dathan Ritzenhein of Belmont, Mich., who was third in 46:53.
A total of 9,147 runners finished the 10-mile race.
More than 30,000 runners participated in the various races held over the weekend.
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