Winner disqualified for wearing wrong shoes at Vienna Marathon

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VIENNA (AP) — Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa has been disqualified for wearing the wrong shoes after winning the Vienna Marathon.

The 24-year-old Hurisa crossed the line first by three seconds but was later told he had been disqualified.

That was because the soles of his shoes were 1 centimeter (0.4 inches) thicker than the maximum 4 centimeters allowed.

Organizers said Hurisa had registered another shoe that met race rules but switched to the shoes he had used in training to run the actual marathon.

Second-placed Leonard Langat of Kenya was declared the winner in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 25 seconds. Debutant Vibian Chepkirui of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:24:29.

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