Record time for ladies, Kenyans take top five mens places. The ever more popular event attracted a record 20,136 runners and set another record with 4,695 female runners.
While Kenyan men raced to take four of the top five places in the last weekend's 32nd Stockholm Marathon, a familiar female name in the race, Isabellah Andersson, had the led throughout the competition and won her third consecutive Stockholm Marathon.
Nearly six minutes ahead of the ladies' race second place runner Aberash Tesfaye from Ethiopia, Andersson became the second female to win three times in a row, and the sole Swedish girl to do so. The other three-timer was Ingrid Kristiansen, who won the event by outrunning her gender into Stockholm Stadium from 1980-1982.
The Kenyan winer, Joseph Langat, finished hardly one minute behind the course record of two hours, 11 minutes and 37 seconds set by British runner Hugh Jones in 1983.
Langat's winning time of 2:12:48 was barely a minute off UK runner Hugh Jones course record of 2:11:37 from 1983. Langat's time will go down as the fourth fastest. The event attracted a record 20,136 runners and set another record with 4,695 female runners.
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