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Walden ends Allen's hopes

SNOOKER: Ricky Walden continued his love affair with China as he won the International Championship in Chengdu, beating Northern Ireland's Mark Allen 10-7 in the final.

It was the Chester player's third ranking title, all in China after winning the 2008 Shanghai Masters and 2012 Wuxi Classic.

Walden said: "I couldn't be happier. It was a tough first session today, and then I got better in the second session.

"It's a dream come true to win this event. All three of my titles have come in China and I love playing here.

"I've not thought about the money. It was just so important for me to get my hands on the trophy. The money is just a bonus. My wife will find a good place for it."

For Allen it was a third defeat in four ranking finals this season. He said: "I didn't come here to finish second. I'll probably look back in a few months' time and think I've had a great start to the season but I've lost three out of four finals and that's not good enough. It's something I have to work on."

Kipsang wins NY marathon

ATHLETICS: Wilson Kipsang won a lucrative duel to the finish to join compatriot Mary Keitany in a Kenyan sweep of exciting men's and women's races at a cold, windy New York City Marathon yesterday.

Kipsang, the London Marathon champion running the New York race for the first time, ran shoulder-to-shoulder with Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia over the last two miles.

In the last half mile in Central Park, Desisa snuck ahead of Kipsang, who turned on a final burst to claim a victory in the 26.2-mile race that was worth $600,000 to the Kenyan.

Kipsang crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of two hours 10 minutes 59 seconds to win the $100,000 top prize and catapult past compatriot Dennis Kimetto to claim $500,000 as the World Marathon Majors champion.

Desisa, the 2013 Boston Marathon winner, finished seven seconds behind Kipsang, with fellow Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam, the 2010 New York champion, taking third place in 2:12:13.

Keitany, winner of the 2012 London Marathon, also won an exhilarating duel to claim the women's crown. The Kenyan took over the lead on Central Park South and widened her advantage during the last mile on her way to the finish.


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