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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Pair Repeat Dublin Double

APAlina Ivanova and Aleksei Sokolov crossing the finish line to take top honors in Monday's Dublin Marathon.
DUBLIN -- Russians Alexei Sokolov and Alina Ivanova on Monday repeated their winning runs from last year at the Dublin Marathon, the BBC reported.

Sokolov improved the course record he set last year in winning the men's race in 2 hours 9 minutes and 7 seconds -- 2 minutes and 29 seconds faster than last year. Britain's Thomas Abyu took second in 2:10.37, and Ethiopia's Dejene Yirdawe was third in 2:11.08.

Ivanova won the women's race in 2:29.20, ahead of her compatriot Larisa Zyusko, who came home in 2:31.42, and Kenya's Nguriatukei Raelikiyara in 2:33.27.

Sokolov, whose time was the fastest ever run on Irish soil, was clearly thrilled to retain his title.

"I am delighted to come back and win in Dublin again this year. I have also achieved a personal best, which is an extra bonus. The atmosphere was great on the day and the crowd was really supportive," Sokolov said at the finish, the BBC reported.

Approximately 11,000 runners from 52 countries participated in the race. Ireland's leading finishers were Michael O'Connor, who took 14th in 2:25.48, and Pauline Curley, who was ninth in the women's race in 2:42.30.