Kenyans nab top spots in Tel Aviv men, women’s marathon

(JTA) — Three Kenyan men bested 40,000 runners in the Tel Aviv Marathon.

The winner Friday was Koech Ezekiel Kiprop with a record two hours, 14 minutes and 40 seconds.

He was followed by Keter Emmanuel Triop and Sammy Limo, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Margaret Mjugna, another Kenyan, was the first place winner on the women’s side at 2:44:20.

Emergency medical services treated 65 runners, Army Radio reported, most from heat exhaustion. One was in serious condition.

Tel Aviv municipality said there were 150,000 spectators.

Last March, a 29-year-old man died and dozens more were hospitalized with heat stroke and dehydration while running the half marathon in Tel Aviv. That run was in unseasonably warm weather and led the city to cancel the full marathon which was to be held a few days later.

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