Overcoming 70-degree temperatures, Andrew Musuva of Kenya and Lyubov Morgunova of Russia each won their first marathons, taking their divisions of the Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minn.
Musuva, 27, running his seventh marathon, finished in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 59 seconds. He took the lead on the 23rd mile and held off countryman Zack Kunyiha by 26 seconds. The first six finishers were Kenyans.
Morgunova, 26, won by more than 5 minutes in 2:30:43. Fellow Russian Marina Beljaeva, 38, was second in 2:36:11.
Mexico moved within one victory of qualifying for the 1998 World Cup, routing El Salvador 5-0 behind two goals by Benjamin Galindo in Mexico City.
Mexico (4-0-2) leads the final round of qualifying from the North and Central American region with 14 points and can clinch a berth when it plays Canada Sunday at Edmonton.
Jamaica (3-2-3) dropped to second with 12 points, followed by the United States (2-1-4) with 10, El Salvador (2-3-3) with nine, Costa Rica (2-4-2) with eight and Canada (1-4-2) with five.
The Americans play their final games at Mexico on Nov. 2, at Canada Nov. 9 and against El Salvador at Foxboro, Mass., on Nov. 16.
Brian Pillman, 35, a professional wrestler and former linebacker with Cincinnati Bengals, was found dead in a suburban Minneapolis motel.