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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gurin First In Steamy Marathon

Alexander Gurin of Tolyatti scored the biggest victory of his career Sunday when he won the 16th annual Moscow Marathon. He also became 16 million rubles ($3,018) richer for winning in a time of 2:19.24.

The 28-year-old army lieutenant outpaced most of the 1,200 other runners on a hot and humid afternoon before sealing victory with a sprint finish on Olimpiiski Prospect. Igor Isuymov was only eight seconds behind with Nikolai Plykin third in 2:20.05.

Gurin had caught Isuymov, who had started the race strongly, at the 30-kilometer mark.

"We ran the last 10 kilometers side by side, but with about 700 meters left I decided to make my move," said the winner.

It was a rare double for Tolyattiti's runners as Irina Timofeeva also won, beating her nearest female competitor by over three minutes in a time of 2:38.01. Timofeeva earned half of the men's winner's purse.

Most of Russia's top marathon runners stayed away from the race, complaining of meager prize money and appearance fees. With temperatures close to 30 degrees, many runners were treated for exhaustion and heat stroke, though no serious cases were reported.