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Kenyan pair claim 2017 Paris marathon Kimutai wins Rotterdam | Coastweek

PARIS France -- Men’s champion Paul Lonyangata of Kenya doubled his happieness as his wife Purity Rionoripo [left] claimed the women’s title in the 2017 Paris marathon. ROTTERDAM Netherlands -- Meanwhile Kenyan athlete Marius Kimutai [center] won the 37th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, beating his compatriots Lawrence Cherono and Laban Korir. PHOTOS - PARIS MARATHON 2017 and ROTTERDAM MARATHON 2017

Kenyan pair claim 2017 Paris marathon Kimutai wins Rotterdam

PARIS France (Xinhua) -- Men’s champion Paul Lonyangata of Kenya doubled his happieness as his wife Purity Rionoripo claimed the women’s title in the 2017 Paris marathon here on Sunday.

Lonyangata won the men’s event at two hours, six minutes and ten seconds, followed by his compatriots Stephen Chebogut and Solomon Yego on the pudium.

Around the 35km mark, Lonyangata began to pull away Chebogut, and held a 47-second margin when he crossed the finish line.

"I hope to win here, now I feel good," said Lonyangata, who made a step further from second position in the Paris half-marathon in March.

Lonyangata may be the happiest person in the 41st edition of the tournament when his wife Rionoripo won in the women’s event with two hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds, shattering previous record of 2:21:06 by Ethiopia’s Feyse Tadese in 2013.

Rionoripo also improved her personal best by almost four minutes.

Another Kenyan runner Agnes Barsosio and Flomena Cheyech of Ethiopia finished second and third respectively.

"It was a great day for me as I improved on my personal best," commented Rionoripo.
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Kenyan athlete Marius Kimutai claims victory in Rotterdam Marathon

THE HAGUE Netherlands (Xinhua) -- Kenyan athlete Marius Kimutai won the 37th edition of the Rotterdam Marathon on Sunday, beating his compatriots Lawrence Cherono and Laban Korir.

Kimutai accelerated from Cherono and Korir after 40 kilometers. With a time of two hours, six minutes and four seconds, he came in alone on the Coolsingel street finish. Cherono (2:06:21) finished second and Korir (2:06:25) completed the Kenyan podium.

Meskerem Assefa from Ethiopia won the women’s race. She pulled away from Eunice Chumba from Kenya in the final kilometer and ran a personal best of 2:24:18. Chumba came in 9 seconds later and Kenyan Lucy Karimi (2:25:17) finished third.
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Paris marathon results

PARIS, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Following are Paris marathon results on Sunday:

Men

1. Paul Lonyangata, Kenya, 2 hours 6 minutes 10 seconds

2. Stephen Chebogut, Kenya, 2:06:57

3. Solomon Yego, Kenya, 2:07:12

4. Yitayal Atnafu, Ethopia, 2:07:21

5. Abayneh Ayele, Ethopia, 2:07:42

6. Asbel Kipsang, Kenya, 2:08:29

7. Samuel Kosgei, Kenya, 2:08:39

8. Richard Mengich, Kenya, 2:08:46

9. Clement Nkhabutlane, South Africa, 2:09:47

10. Micah Kogo, Kenya, 2:10:03.
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Women

1. Purity Rionoripo, Kenya, 2 hours 20 minutes 55 seconds

2. Agnes Barsosio, Kenya, 2:20:59

3. Flomena Cheyech, Ethopia, 2:21:22

4. Visiline Jepkesho, Kenya, 2:21:37

5. Yebrgual Melese, Ethopia, 2:22:55

6. Netsanet Gudeta, Ethopia, 2:29:15

7. Kataryna Kowalska, Poland, 2:30:24

8. Martha Komu, France, 2:35:31

9. Hiroko Yoshitomi, Japan, 2:38:46

10. Elodie Navarro, France, 2:41:36

             

 

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