Athletics - Kenyans dominate Turin Marathon

Sharon Cherop ran a women's record of two hours, 23 minutes and 57 seconds to win the 2012 Turin Marathon, with debutant Patrick Terer winning the men’s race.

Kenyan Cherop, marathon bronze medallist at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, beat second-placed Hilda Kibet to the finish line in the benchmark-setting time on Sunday.

Kibet, born in Kenya but representing the Netherlands, was timed at 2:25.56 ahead of third placed Valeria Straneo (2:27.04).

Terer meanwhile was a surprise package in the male version, winning his maiden marathon with a strong time of two hours, 10 minutes and 35 seconds.

Ben Andrew Kimutai earned plaudits after crossing the line in 2:18.48 despite hitting the proverbial wall at one stage and falling to the pavement.

After some brief treatment, Kimutai continued on to set a great time under the circumstances.