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Ndereba triumphs in Osaka
30 Jan 2006 14:21

World and Olympic silver medalist Catherine Ndereba overcame a slow start to run away with the Osaka International Women's Marathon title on Sunday.

The Kenyan, who won last year's Boston marathon, made the breakthrough in the later stages to finish the course in 2:25:05 ahead of Japanese duo Kayoko Obata (2:25:52) and Kiyoko Shimahara (2:26:47).

Ndereba had been off the pace from the gun and blamed the cold weather conditions for her slow start, which initially saw her trail the leading pack by over a minute at one point and found her seventh at the halfway mark.

Ndereba's time was only the 18th fastest in the 25-year history of the race, some way behind Mizuki Noguchi's race record of 2:21:18 set in 2003.

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