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Kenyan runner sets new Ottawa marathon record

Kenya's Laban Moiben set a new record Sunday for the Ottawa race weekend marathon with a time of 2:09:12.
A Kenyan runner set a new marathon record at Ottawa Race Weekend, which had great weather. 2:12

Kenya's Laban Moiben set a new record Sunday for the Ottawa race weekend marathon with a time of 2:09:12.

"I was very happy because community was very, very strong, cheering me," the 28-year-old told reporters after the race.

His result shaved 19 seconds off the previous record set in 2009. In 2011, Moiben's time was 2:10:17. In 2010, he placed second with 2:09:43.

Two other Kenyans took the second and third spots, and about 10 minutes later Canada's first runner passed the finish line in 12th place.

Kenya's Laban Moiben set a new Ottawa race weekend record during Sunday's marathon. (CBC)

Rejean Chiasson, 28, from Toronto, told CBC News he had hoped to finish the race a lot faster, but added he was happy to be the first Canadian to finish.

Ethiopian women, meanwhile, finished first and second. Yeshi Esayias, 26, and Biruktrawit Degefa, 21, finished in 2:28:45 and 2:33:12, respectively.

Fifteen minutes later, and in sixth place, 35-year-old Lisa Avery of Orillia, Ont., crossed the line with a strong personal best time of 2:42:52.

Michel Filteau of St-Jean Baptiste, Que., won Sunday's wheelchair marathon in 1:37:16.

Runners could be seen collapsing Sunday, many just before the finish line.

As of 12:45 p.m. ET paramedics had assessed a dozen people and took eight of them to hospital.

That includes a 25-year-old man who went into cardiac arrest just 200 metres away from the finish line. Paramedics restored his pulse after about a minute of CPR.

On Saturday a 40-year-old man also collapsed with no vital signs. He was taken to hospital in critical condition.

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