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.
"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.
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.