Ethiopian Abebe Degefa wins rain-sodden Rome marathon

ROME (AP) Abebe Degefa of Ethiopia won a rain-sodden Rome marathon on Sunday, beating compatriot Bhirhanu Addis.

Degefa won in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 23 seconds, crossing the line nine seconds ahead of Addis. Italian Jamel Chatbi was third with a time of 2:14:04 on his marathon debut.

There was also an Ethiopian one-two in the women's race, with Meseret Tolwalk crossing the line in 2:30:25, 36 seconds ahead of compatriot Fikre Wilke. Italian Deborah Toniolo was third in 2:36:30.

The bad weather conditions didn't keep people away as more than 15,000 runners competed in the race through the capital, while 65,000 people took part in a shorter, non-competitive event.

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