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Ethiopia’s Ali Abdosh Wins Boston Half Marathon

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Ali Abdosh of Ethiopia competes in the men's 5000 Metres Heats during day six of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ali Abdosh of Ethiopia competes in the men’s 5000 Metres Heats during day six of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Ali Abdosh of Ethiopia won the Boston Half Marathon by 5 seconds over Sam Chelanga of Kenya on Sunday, and Janet Cherobon-Bawcom captured the women’s race.

Abdosh, Chelanga and Gilbert Okari of Kenya were packed tightly late the race before Abdosh broke away with a strong kick, finishing in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 36 seconds. Chelanga crossed in 1:03:41 and was followed by Okari in 1:03:48. Kenyans also took the next three spots with four Americans rounding out the top 10, led by Timothy Ritchie in 1:05:29.

Cherobon-Bawcom, an American citizen who was born in Kenya, won in 1:11:58. Defending champion Caroline Rotich of Kenya was second in 1:13:33, followed by Heather Cappello of the U.S. in 1:13:44.

The race is organized by the Boston Athletic Association, which conducts the Boston Marathon.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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