Kenyan athletes dominate Paris marathon

By KBC Reporter

Kenyan athletes dominated the 40th edition of the Paris marathon held in the French Capital.

Cyprian Kotut won the men’s title as Kenyan runners pulled off a podium sweep while Visiline Jepkesho bagged the ladies title.

The 24-year-old Kotut, was one of eight runners in contention after 35 kilometers, before Ethiopia’s Gebretsadik Abraha upped the pace heading into the final 4km.

Kotut, the younger brother of three-time London Marathon champion Martin Lel, pulled clear shortly afterwards and held off his challengers to complete the 42km course in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 11 seconds improving his personal best set last year after finishing runner-up in Milano on his debut over the distance.

Laban Korir and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Stephen Chemlany completed a 1-2-3 finish for Kenya.

Visiline Jepkesho, claimed the women’s title in 2hr 25 minutes and 52seconds , ahead of Ethiopian duo Gulume Chala and Dinknesh Tefera.

  

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