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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Sunday, August 20th, tens of thousands of both elite and casual runners from across the globe descended on the Cidade Maravilhosa for the 2017 Rio International Half Marathon.

In the end, Brazil's own José Márcio Leão surged to the finish line to win the half marathon in a thrilling finish, beating out Ethiopian Demiso Legese Guideta by one second.

"I am thrilled," exclaimed an emotional Leão after the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?