Toniok Wins 2nd Jerusalem Marathon


David Toniok of Kenya won the second Jerusalem marathon, completing the hilly course nearly seven minutes faster than last year’s winning time by countryman Raymond Kipkoech.

Toniok finished in two 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.

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 a frequent flash point of violence.

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

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