Cosmas Ndeti, who has the confidence of a three-time Boston Marathon winner, predicted that he would win this year's race. He dropped out at the 16-mile mark with stomach pain.
Joseph Chebet pushed the pace for 26 miles, but didn't have enough left for a final sprint. Last year's champion, Lameck Aguta, is recovering from a beating in Nairobi and could not defend his title.No matter, because there is always another Kenyan to pick up the country's marathon mantle.
"I think Americans should come to Kenya to see how we train, to learn our tactics," said Moses Tanui, whose Boston Marathon victory on Monday was his homeland's eighth consecutive victory here. "When we train, we don't mix it with anything else. We just train and relax."
Tanui outsprinted Chebet over the final 300 yards to win in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 34 seconds. Ethiopia's Fatuma Roba captured the women's race for the second straight year, finishing in 2:23:21.
Both times were the third-fastest in the event's 102-year history. It was also the fastest marathon by more than a minute for Tanui, who won here in 1996 and overcame bronchitis to finish fifth last year.
Tanui is one of four different Kenyans to win the race since Ibrahim Hussein established a national stranglehold with his second win in 1991.