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Warga breaks free to win Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Runners during the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2011 in downtown Toronto.

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Sahle Betona Warga of Ethiopia broke free from a small group of runners with about a kilometre left to go to capture the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Sunday morning.

The 28-year-old Warga found himself battling with countryman Botoru Tsegaye and Kenya's John Kiprotich heading into the final few minutes of a race that was run under wet and often windy conditions.

Warga to cross the Bay Street finish line near City Hall in the downtown core in a time of two hours, 10.35 seconds, holding on for victory in a world-class field.

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Kiplimo Kimutai of Kenya came from off the pace to place second with a time of 2:11.20 with Kiprotich, who took himself out of contention after making a decision stop for water, right behind him in third in 2:11.29.

Tsegaye faded to fourth in 2:11.40.

The top male Canadian was Matt Loiselle of Toronto who finished seventh overall in a time of 2:16.23.

Mary Davies of New Zealand, who lives in Ottawa, was the top female competitor, finishing in 2:28.56, which was the 14th best overall time.

Agnes Kiprop of Kenya was second in 2:29.32 with Ethiopia's Radiya Adilo in third at 2:30.49.

The top Canadian female runner was Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., who finished four overall in a time of 2:32.15.

Chilean runner Francisco Mendez placed first in the half-marathon category with a time of 1:07:48.

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Organizers says $3.7 million was raised for 167 charities.

With files from The Canadian Press

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