Athletics: Kenya's Rotich, Ethiopian Memuye win Paris Marathon

Kenya's Elisha Rotich (left) and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye won the Men's and Women's race respectively in the Paris Marathon on Oct 17, 2021. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Kenya's Elisha Rotich won the men's race and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye topped the women's podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday (Oct 17).

Rotich set a course record as he crossed the line in 2hr 4min 21sec to finish ahead of Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros.

The 31-year-old Kenyan took nearly a minute off his personal best and broke Kenenisa Bekele's seven-year course record of 2:05.04 as he picked up pace after the 25km mark.

Kenya's Hillary Kipsambu came third after slipping two spots in the final stages of the race.

In the women's race, Memuye ran a time of 2:26.12 after a late surge to seal the biggest win of her career.

Memuye finished about 3sec ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa with Fantu Jimma third as Ethiopians swept the podium.

The Paris Marathon, featuring 60,000 participants from 145 countries, was initially scheduled for April but was delayed by six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race was cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic.

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