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Sports Briefs


■ Athletics
Njenga wins Tokyo Marathon

Daniel Njenga of Kenya won the Tokyo Marathon yesterday, navigating a revamped course in steady rain and chilly temperatures. Njenga pulled away from the pack at the 25km mark and crossed the finish line in two hours, nine minutes and 45 seconds. Japan's Tomoyuki Sato was second with a time of 2:11.22. Around 30,000 runners took part in the race that wound its way through the downtown streets of the capital. The new course was designed to pass some of Tokyo's most famous sites, including Tokyo Tower, Ginza and Asakusa. Njenga, who won the race in 2004 when it was known as the Tokyo International Marathon, was among several invitees taking part in the race. Njenga, who is based in Japan, was running in his 14th career marathon. His personal best of 2:06.16 came in placing second at the Chicago Marathon in 2002.

■ Athletics

Powell wins first 400m

World 100m record holder Asafa Powell won his first ever 400m race at the University of West Indies Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, on Saturday. Powell's time of 47.17 seconds improved on his previous personal best of 47.46 in his last outing at the Queen's/Grace Jackson Invitational at the same venue on Jan. 27. Unlike his race last month where he finished fourth overall, Powell's time was the best of all in Saturday's time final event. Meanwhile, Sherone Simpson won the women's race in 52.65, a personal best.

■ Soccer

Voronin to join Liverpool

Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin is set to join Liverpool in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen on a four-year deal, the British Press Association reported. The 27-year-old played for Leverkusen as they lost to Hannover 1-0 in Germany's Bundesliga on Saturday. After the match it was announced Voronin would be moving to Anfield at the end of the season, with a four-year deal having reportedly been agreed. Voronin, who has scored six goals in 20 league appearances for Leverkusen so far this season, featured in the Ukraine team that reached the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup.

■ Athletics

Bekele sets 2,000m record

Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia set a world best for the indoor 2,000m of four minutes, 49.99 seconds at the Norwich Union Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, beating a nine-year-old mark of Haile Gebrselassie. Bekele, the Olympic champion and world record holder for 5,000m, set the world best running at the same National Indoor Arena where Gebrselassie ran his 4:52.86 in February 1998. But there was disappointment for Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva and US sprinter Xavier Carter in the 400m, who had hoped to set new marks here. After winning the men's 400m, Carter was disqualified for stepping out of his lane before overtaking Robert Tobin of Britain just ahead of the line. Tobin won with 46.07. Isinbayeva failed to beat the world mark she set at the ``Pole Vault Stars'' in Ukraine last week, but a leap of 4.73 was enough to land the 24-year-old Russian her third successive victory.

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