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.