Kenyan Elisha Rotich breaks the record for the event

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At 31, Kenyan Elisha Rotich won the Paris marathon on Sunday in 2 hours 04 minutes and 23 seconds. Among the women, it was the Ethiopian Tigist Memuye who won the race in the absence of the big names in the discipline.

Thirty months after its last edition in April 2019, with two postponements and one cancellation in 2020, then a date set for autumn rather than spring in 2021, the Paris marathon was able to take place under a bright sun this Sunday 17th October.

On the men’s side, the event was won by Elisha Rotich. With a time of 2 hours 04 minutes and 23 seconds, the Kenyan improved the record of the Parisian event, held since 2014 by the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2h 05 min 04 sec). Ethiopian Hailemaryam Kiros and another Kenyan, Hillary Kipsambu, finished second and third, 19 and 21 seconds behind the winner, respectively.

Among the ladies, a trio of Ethiopians won the podium in a pocket handkerchief, Tigist Memuye leading in 2 hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds, ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa (2h 26 min 15 sec) and Fantu Jimma (2h 26 min 22 sec).

The sanitary pass was required, as was the mask on the starting line, but tens of thousands of fans were still able to find themselves on the Parisian asphalt.

(with AFP)

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