November 4, 2012 / 10:58 AM / 5 years ago

Kenya's Kwambai defends Seoul Marathon title

Kenya's James Kwambai (L), Abel Kirui (C) and Duncan Kibet (R) run during the 2009 edition of the men's Rotterdam Marathon April 5, 2009.Paul Vreeker/United Photos

(Reuters) - James Kwambai stormed to victory in the Seoul Marathon for the second year running on Sunday, winning by almost five minutes to lead a Kenyan 1-2-3.

The 29-year-old won his fourth marathon in a time of two hours, five minutes and 50 seconds and was wrapped up and getting warm by the time countryman Chebon Chebor crossed the line in 2:10:24.

Benjamin Kolum took third place with a time of 2:10:35.

Kwambai, who picked up $50,000 for the victory, finished runner-up in the Seoul International Marathon earlier this year behind another Kenya, Wilson Loyanae.

Kim Young-in was host South Korea's highest-placed finisher on Sunday, trailing home ninth in 2:17:00.

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