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Ethiopian Sahle Warga wins Toronto Marathon

Sahle Warga of Ethiopia finished first Sunday in the wet and rainy Scotiabank Toronto Marathon.
Ethiopia's Sahle Warga (centre) is flanked by Kenyan runners Kiplimo Kimutai and John Kiprotich after Sunday's race in Toronto. (Canadian Press)

Sahle Warga finished first Sunday in the wet and rainy Scotiabank Toronto Marathon.

The Ethiopian finished in a time of two hours 10 minutes 35 seconds, while Kenyan runners Kiplimo Kimutai and John Kiprotich followed close with times of 2:11:20 and 2:11:29, respectively.

"It was very cold and it was raining so I'm very happy to win," said Warga. "I didn't run my personal best it was a little windy but with this result I am happy."

New Zealand's Mary Davies, who lives in Ottawa, passed Kenya's Agnes Kiprop with just two kilometres left in the race to finish first in the women's race with a time of 2:28:56.

Kiprop was second (2:29:32) and Ethiopia's Radiya Adilo third (2:30:49) among the 25,000 runners participating.

"At about 39 kilometres I could see the girl and I thought maybe I could catch her. I didn't have much energy left," Davies said. "I felt strong at 40 kilometres when I passed her but kept looking around for her."

Matt Loiselle of Toronto was the top Canadian on the men's side, finishing in seventh overall with a time of 2:16:23. Krista Duchene of Brantford, Ont., was the top Canadian woman with a time at 2:32:15 to place fourth.

Duchene said she was troubled by her hip early on.

"With my hip giving me trouble at six kilometres, I thought at least I could go under 2:30, and then it was just hurting," she said.

Chilean runner Francisco Mendez placed first in the half-marathon category with a time of 1:07:48.

Organizers says $3.7 million was raised for 167 charities.