Brimin Kipkorir, Shelmith Muriuki win Athens Marathon

ATHENS, Greece -- Brimin Kipkorir of Kenya won the 36th Athens Marathon in the third-fastest time, beating Ethiopia's Tesfa Wokneth by almost two minutes Sunday.

Kipkorir broke away from the leading group after 25 kilometers to win the hilly course in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 56 seconds, 19 seconds off the course record set by compatriot Felix Kandie in 2014.

Wokneth was second in 2:12:52. Ethiopian Asmeraw Mengistu was third in 2:13:20. Two other Kenyans rounded out the top five.

Shelmith Muriuki of Kenya won the women's race -- and was 17th overall -- in a personal best of 2:36:46, beating fellow Kenya runner Rebby Koech (2:38:54) and Greece's Eleftheria Petroulaki (2:46:09)

A record 18,750 runners started the race Sunday morning.