Paris, France, Apr 14 – Kenya’s hopes of stretching their dominance in Paris Marathon hit a snag after two-time defending champion Paul Lonyangata settled for third as Ethiopia reigned supreme in both men and women races on Sunday.
Ethiopian Abrha Milaw upstaged Lonyangata to win the men’s race in 2:07:05 ahead of compatriot as Lonyangata came third with 60,000 runners took to the streets of the French capital in cold, clear conditions.
Gelete Burka produced a spurt of extra gas in the final kilometre to ensure an Ethiopian winner in the women’s race with a time of 2:22:48.
France’s Clemence Calvin, who was only cleared to race on Friday after the last-minute lifting of a temporary ban for evading a doping test last month in Morocco, smashed the French women’s record.
Calvin finished fourth in 2:23:41, bettering by 41 seconds the previous national record set by Christelle Daunay in 2010.
It also bettered by almost three minutes her own previous best of 2:26:28 which she set when finishing second in the European championships in Berlin last year.
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