Kenyan runner Elisha Rotich won the Paris Marathon for the first time on Sunday in a new record for the event, while Tigist Memuye also secured a first win as she led an Ethiopian 1-2-3. Rotich’s time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 21 seconds beat the previous mark of 2:05:04 set in 2014 by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele over the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) route.
Ethiopian Hailelmaryam Kiros was second in 2:04:41 with Kenyan Hillary Kipsambu three seconds behind in third. Memuye won in 2:26:11. Yenenesh Dinkesa finished just three seconds behind her and Fantu Jimma was close behind in 2:26:21
Kenyan runner Purity Rionoripo holds the women’s record of 2:20:55, set in 2017. The race was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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