CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Marathon is holding off declaring a winner in the men’s race while a dispute is resolved over whether the winner improperly covered his racing bib.
Cleveland.com reports race Executive Director Jack Staph expects a decision in the next couple of days.
Daniel Mesfun of Eritrea (ehr-ih-TREE’-uh) was the unofficial winner in a time of 2:16:33 with no question about whether he completed the course.
But the second-place finisher challenged Mesfun’s finish, saying Musfun kept a shirt over his bib identifying him as a marathon participant.
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The challenger said that made it unclear whether Mesfun was running the marathon or half-marathon.
The women’s race was won by Sarah Horbol, a fifth-grade science teacher from Westlake in suburban Cleveland, in a time of 2:51:41.