Sprint to finish decides Miami marathon

MIAMI (AP) — Samuel Malakwen beat out Teferi Bacha by about a stride’s length in a sprint down the finish-line chute to win the Miami Marathon on Sunday.

Both runners had a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 55 seconds, but the Kenyan edged out the Ethiopian at the tape.

Benazzouz Slimani of Italy was third in 2:19:48, and Guatemalans Alfredo Areval (2:22:44) and Mynor Armando Aguilon (2:23:55).

Raquel Maraviglia of Argentina won the women’s race in 2:41:39, leading from the start and coming in nearly four minutes ahead of Wioletta Kryza of Poland (2:45:32) and 2011 champion Alena Vinitskaya of Belarus (2:45:48). It was Maraviglia’s fourth career marathon.

The 10th anniversary of the race went through Miami and Miami Beach on a clear, 66-degree morning.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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