Deneke leads thousands to win Philadelphia Marathon

Teklu Deneke crosses the finish line with an unofficial time of 2:17:44 as he wins the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday Nov. 22, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Teklu Deneke led thousands of runners to the finish line in this year’s Philadelphia Marathon.

Deneke of Ethiopia (currently living in Flagstaff, Arizona) finished the 26.2 mile course Sunday with a time of 2:17:44. He finished just 16 seconds ahead of Kenya native Abraham Rutto of Philadelphia.

Gisela Olaide Granados of Herminate, Tennessee was the first woman to finish with a time of 2:40:05.

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