Athletics: Kiptoo leads Kenyan charge at Frankfurt marathon

FRANKFURT (AFP) - Mark Kiptoo put behind him his second-placed finish in 2013 by winning the Frankfurt Marathon on Sunday and in the process leading a Kenyan clean sweep of the podium places in the men's race.

The 38-year-old, who won 5,000m bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, crossed the line in 2hr 6min 49sec in an exciting race whose outcome was decided only in the final kilometre.

Mike Kigen was a close second in 2:06:59, with Gilbert Yegon third in 2:07:08 after defending champion Vincent Kipruto, also of Kenya, lost contact with the lead group after around the 30km mark.

The African domination continued in the women's race, as Ethiopia's Aberu Kebede comfortably took the 2014 title in 2:21:21, ahead of Kenya's Sharon Chebet 2:23:44, with another Ethiopian Ashetu Bekere third in 2:24:59.