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Medeksa, Abitova Win Belgrade Marathon


Ethiopian runner Derba Bedada Medeksa and Russia's Inga Abitova have won the men's and women's titles as the Belgrade marathon marked its return to the international calendar.

Medeksa finished the 42-kilometer race in a course record time of two hours, 12 minutes, 10 seconds, 19-seconds ahead of Kenya's David Chepkwony (2:12:29). Eight of the top-10 finishers were Kenyans.

In the women's race, Inga Abitova beat countrywoman Victoria Zoueva by 20 seconds, finishing in two hours, 38 minutes, 20 seconds. Tiringo Shiferaw of Ethiopia was third (2:39:47)

Saturday's competition marked the Belgrade race's return to the international calendar after a three-year absence because of a dispute between organizers and the city government.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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