Ethiopian double in Sao Paulo year-end road race

Ethiopian double in Sao Paulo year-end road race Dawit Admasu

Ethiopian athletes scored a double success Wednesday in the traditional New year's Eve road race in Sao Paulo, Latin Americas's biggest, with Dawit Admasu taking the honours for the men and 2008 champion Ymer Wude Ayalew taking the plaudits for the women.

Kenyan runners had won both men's and women's races in the past two years but this time their contingent was left trailing.

Admasu, having already made an earlier attempt to hit the front, finally made the breakthrough in the final kilometre to leave the pack in his wake.

Admasu completed the 15 kilometres through Brazil's most populous city in 45min 04sec, just holding off Kenyan rival Stanley Koech by 1sec with Tanzanian Fabiano Naasi third in 45min 10sec.

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