Kenya's Rono runs fastest time on Canadian soil at Toronto Marathon
Kenyan runner Philemon Rono cheers on the crowd after winning the Toronto Marathon on Sunday, October 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:25PM EDT
TORONTO - Kenya's Philemon Rono set a record Sunday at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, posting the fastest ever time on Canadian soil.
Rono, who also won in Toronto last year, completed the 42.195-kilometre race through the city in two hours six minutes 51.7 seconds.
The previous record - 2:06:54 - was set by Ethiopian runner Yemane Tsegay in 2014.
Dickson Chumba, also of Kenya, and Ethiopia's Solomon Deksisa finished second and third, respectively.
Trevor Hofbauer of Guelph, Ont., and Leslie Sexton of London, Ont., were the Canadian marathon champions. Hofbauer was ninth in the men's race in 2:18:05.1 while Sexton was fifth in the women's at 2:35:43.3.
Marta Megra of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line in 2:28:17.8.