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Kenya's Rotich storms to Dublin City Marathon glory while Ukraine's Lehonkova claims women's title

Up to 20,000 people are pounding the pavements of the capital today.

Updated at 14.08

Benard Rotich crosses the line to win the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon winner Benard Rotich. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

KENYA’S BERNARD ROTICH has stormed to victory in the 2017 SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon with a time of 2:15:52.

Ukraine’s Yurii Ruskyuk (2nd) and Ethiopia’s Asefa Legese Bekele (3rd) finished in close pursuit in 2:15:55 and 2:15:58 respectively.

Ukraine’s Nataliya Lehonkova produced a strong run to take the women’s title in 2:28:57, while Ethiopia’s Ashu Kasim and Ukraine’s Viktoriya Khapilina crossed the line in second and third.

Nataliya Lehonkova crosses the line to win the women's category during the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Nataliya Lehonkova crosses the line. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Freddie Sittuk of Raheny Shamrocks AC is the 2017 National Champion. His time of 2:16:05 bagged him the honour, while Clonliffe Harriers duo Gary O’Hanlon and Sergiu Ciobanu were next in.

Meanwhile, Mourne Runners’ Laura Graham has defended her National Championship title in a time of 2:39:05 The fastest Irish woman home clocked a time of 2:41:53 last year. Caitriona Jennings and Pauline Curley were next in.

Irish T53 wheelchair racer Patrick Monahan claimed the wheelchair title for the fourth consecutive time, crossing the line as the clock read 1:49:54. Richie Powell and Susanne McGrath followed him over the finish line.

Up to 20,000 people are taking part in this year’s marathon, with proceedings kicking off at 9am on Fitzwilliam Street.

The 26.2 mile route takes through the south city and into the Phoenix Park, before carrying on through Drimnagh, Terenure, Belfield and Ballsbridge, finishing in Merrion Square.

A view of the Dublin Marathon as runners make there way down Fitzwilliam Street Upper Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon Results 2017

Male

  1. Bernard Rotich: 02.15.52 – Kenya
  2. Yurii Ruskyuk: 02.15.55 – Ukraine
  3. Asefa Legese Bekele: 02.15.58 – Ethiopia

Female

  1. Nataliya Lehonkova: 02.28.57 – Ukraine
  2. Ashu Kasim: 02.34.35 – Ethiopia
  3. Viktoriya Khapilina: 02.35.54 – Ukraine

Dublin Marathon National Championships Results

Male 

  1. Freddy Sittuk: 02.16.05 – Raheny Shamrocks AC
  2. Gary O’Hanlon: 02.18.52 – Clonliffe Harriers AC
  3. Sergiu Ciobanu:02.19.05 – Clonliffe Harriers AC

Female

  1. Laura Graham: 02.39.06 – Mourne Runners
  2. Caitriona Jennings: 02.42.36 – Letterkenny AC
  3. Pauline Curley: 02.50.53 – Tullamore Harriers AC

Dublin Marathon Wheelchair Championship Results

  1. Patrick Monahan: 01.49.55
  2. Richie Powell: 02.15.28
  3. Susanne McGrath: 03.35.40

- The first version of this article stated Laura Graham’s time was 2:14:53 last year, when it was 2:41:53.

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