Kenya's Toniok wins 2nd Jerusalem marathon

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- David Toniok of Kenya won the second Jerusalem marathon on Friday, completing the hilly course nearly seven minutes faster than last year's winning time despite strong winds and cold rain.

Toniok finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 52 seconds on a route that took runners through the walled Old City, alongside the president's residence and up Mount Scopus to circle the campus of Hebrew University.

Gudeta Biratu of Ethiopia placed second, finishing in 2:22:42, while John Mutai from Kenya was third in 2:23:31.

Mihiret Anamo Antonios of Ethiopia won the women's marathon in 2:48:38. She was trailed by Kamila Khanipova of Russia in 2:49:20 and Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus 2:50:33.

The 26.2-mile race and a slate of shorter events drew about 15,000 runners, with about 1,500 coming from overseas.

A large police contingent was deployed in Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians as a capital and is a frequent flash point of violence.

Organizers hope to elevate Jerusalem to the list of cities that host major annual marathons.