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Kogo surges to Edinburgh victory

Micah Kogo proudly displays his winner's medal after the Edinburgh Run
Micah Kogo proudly shows off his Edinburgh Run winner's medal

Micah Kogo has won the Great Edinburgh Run in his first competitive race in the Scottish capital.

The 22-year-old beat his fellow Kenyan and 2008 winner Bernard Kipyego, in a time of 28 minutes 13 seconds, with Kipyego in second - 14 seconds behind.

The women's title was won by American Deena Kastor in 32 minutes 38 seconds - ahead of three-time champion Jelena Prokopcuka from Latvia, who was second.

A record field of 10,000 runners entered the event.

Kogo was involved in a tremendous battle with Kipyego and only pulled clear after a late burst.

"I was always worried about Bernard and even when I got clear, I could hear him coming back at me," Kogo said.

"But at 5km I felt he was struggling so I put in a burst. He stayed close for a while but I finally broke him.

"It wasn't easy. Apart from the hills it was very, very windy. I hope to return and defend my title next year."

Kaston was equally thrilled with her victory in the women's race.

"That was a really tough course, the terrain was more like what you get in cross-country rather than a road race," she said.

"Fortunately it is what I'm used to back home and I always run strongly on hills."

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