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Running scared in Boston

FIFTH PLACE: Wesley Korir won the 2012 Boston Marathon but crossed the line fifth in the event this year which was overshadowed by the bombings

KENYAN RUNNER Wesley Korir has spoken of his fear after crossing the finish line and hearing the bomb blasts in Boston on Monday.

Korir was the winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon but came fifth in this year’s competition that was overshadowed by the devastating explosions that took three lives and injured at least 140 people.

"The joy that we had has all been taken away," Korir told the BBC.

If this had happened two hours earlier, maybe I would have been among the victims."

Korir had been celebrating the women's winner Rita Jeptoo's, a fellow Kenyan, when the twin explosions went off.

"If this had happened two hours earlier, maybe I would have been among the victims," the 2012 champion added.

He described the explosions as "scary", and said his first reaction was to check if his trainer and parents-in-law, who were spectators, were safe.

Korir was elected as an MP in last month's Kenyan national elections for the Cherangany constituency - by chance the same area Jeptoo is from.

Despite the shock was the bombings, he said he will continue to race in marathons while managing his nascent political career.

"My attitude to marathons will never change but my attitude to life may change," added Korir, who also expressed a wish to compete in the 2014 Boston Marathon if it goes ahead.

Kenya's ambassador to the US informed the BBC that none of the eight Kenyan athletes running in the marathon were hurt in the blasts.

Two South Africans were treated in hospital for minor injuries but have now been released, according to officials.

The men's race saw Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa take first place, ahead of Kenya's Micah Kogo.

The fatalities from the blasts were eight-year-old Martin Richard, who died at the scene with Krystle Campbell, 29.

The final body to be identified was of Chinese postgraduate student Lu Lingzi, who was studying statistics at Boston University.

The Boston Marathon, the oldest annual one of its kind on the sporting calendar, this year had approximately 23,000 runners and was watched by hundreds of thousands of spectators.

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