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Kenyans win marathons in Hamburg and Rotterdam - 2002-04-23

Kenya's dominance in distance running had a Dutch flavor April 21, with a remarkable performance by a Kenyan athlete in the Rotterdam Marathon.

Kenneth Cheruiyot finished second in Rotterdam behind fellow Kenyan Simon Biwott, despite running 30-kilometers with a broken arm.

Cheruiyot suffered the injury when he fell at a water stop just after the 10-kilometer mark. But in a courageous display of Kenyan athleticism at its finest, Cheruiyot got up and battled back into the lead pack. He finished in two hours, nine minutes, 42 seconds, 64 seconds behind race winner Simon Biwott. After the race, Cheruiyot was taken to a hospital, where his broken arm was diagnosed.

For Simon Biwott, his victory in Rotterdam was his sixth marathon win in 12 races.

Meanwhile, Kenya scored another marathon victory the same day in Hamburg, Germany, where Christopher Kandie led an African sweep of the top-three places. Kandie clocked two hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds. Ethiopia's Hailu Neguse finished in second-place, seven seconds behind Kandie, and another Kenyan, Maiki Saini, was third.