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