Ethiopian, Kenyan win Twin Cities Marathon

Yeshimebet Tadesse-Bifa of Ethiopia (left) and Sammy Malakwen of Kenya (right) were the winners at the Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday, October 2, 2011. (Photo: Andy King /AP)

The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Ethiopian woman and a Kenyan man won $15,000 apiece on Sunday after their victories in the Twin Cities Marathon.

Sammy Malakwen, a 33-year-old Kenya native who lives and trains for part of the year in Two Harbors, finished in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds in his first Twin Cities Marathon, just ahead of fellow Kenyans Joseph Mutinda, 37, in 2:13:24, and Weldon Kirui, 22, in 2:13:31.

Yeshimebet Tadesse-Bifa, 23, of Ethiopia, won the women’s race in 2:28:24.

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