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Rono recaptures title as Masai set best time at Toronto marathon

Philemon Rono and Magdalene Masai were the winners of 2019 Sunday 20th Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Rono recaptured his title he lost last year to compatriot Benson Kipruto, denying him a hat trick.

Rono ran a men race, eclipsing the Canadian all-comers record, winning his third title in 2:05.00 breaking his on course record.

He won the title in 2016, defended in 2017 but lost to Kipruto in 2018 before recapturing it today.

, while women’s champion Masai ran 2:22:14, the quickest women’s marathon in Canadian history.

He beat Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu was second timing 2:05.09 with Ugandan Felis Chemonges ending the podium in 2:05.12

Masai won the women’s title in 2:22:16, a new unofficial all-comers record by one second edging out Ethiopia’s Birukayit Eshetu 2:22.40) as Kenya’s Betsy Saina completed the podium timing 2:22.43.

The prize money breaks down as follows: winners earn $30,000. Course and all-comers record-breakers earn another $40,000, and because Rono’s new record was under 2:06:30 and Masai’s was under 2:22:17, they earned an additional $10,000 each

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