Thomas Osano led a 1-2-3 sweep for Kenya in the Peachtree Road Race on Sunday, a festive holiday run darkened by the death of one of the estimated 45,000 runners.
Osano overtook compatriot Sammy Leilei in the last 300 yards, with another countryman, Godfrey Kiprotich, finishing third,Uta Pippig, a German who trains in Boulder, Colo., won the women's division in 32:15, five seconds ahead of Anne Marie Letko of Glen Gardner, N.J.
The 6.2-mile race, a Fourth of July tradition in Atlanta the past 24 years, took a grim turn when a 40-year-old local runner suffered a heart attack in the 80-degree heat on the portion of the course called "Cardiac Hill."
Dr. Joe Wilson, the race's medical director, said Charles Tutterrow of Marietta collapsed on the course. Doctors from the nearby Shepherd Spinal Center rushed to treat him, but he died almost immediately.
"I'm not so sure you can prevent something like this," Wilson said. "I just don't think this was caused by the race. If it didn't happen now, it might have happened a week from now."
Wilson said the death is the second in the history of the race, the first coming in 1983 and also involving a man struck by a heart attack.
In the wheelchair division, Paul Wiggins of Australia won in 19:58, believed to be the fastest finish ever.
Leilei, the defending champion, was passed in Piedmont Park and finished second in 28:10, five seconds behind the winner. Osano, who decided to enter the race only Thursday, was nine seconds off the course record.
"Since I'd never run the course, I just followed Sammy," Osano said. "I wanted to pass him at the fourth mile, but he didn't want to be passed, so I just followed him until we got to the park."