Runners take part in the Hong Kong Marathon in Hong Kong on Feb. 12, 2017. / AFP / Dale DE LA REY
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Ethiopia's Bizuneh Melaku Belachew danced on the finish line as he smashed his personal best to win the Hong Kong Marathon Sunday in a new course record.Belachew slashed almost a minute off the course record to cross the line in two hours, 10 minutes and 31 seconds.Belachew, who paid his own expenses to join the race, now plans to buy a house in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with his $65,000 winner's check.Ethiopia also claimed first place in the women's race, with Gulume Tollesa Chala crossing the line in 2:33:39 .The event was marred when a 52-year-old woman collapsed on the finish line after completing the 10 km race.
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