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Elisha Rotich entered the history of the Paris marathon on Sunday by setting a new record: the Kenyan finished the race in 2 h 4 min and 23 seconds, against 2 h 5 min and 4 seconds for the former best time set in 2014 by Kenenisa Bekele.
The Kenyan Elisha Rotich won, Sunday, October 17, the Paris marathon under a bright sun, in 2 hours 4 minutes and 23 seconds, while in the ladies, the Ethiopian Tigist Memuye won the race, in the absence of the big names in the discipline.
Thanks to this time, Rotich, 31, improves the record of the Parisian event, held since 2014 by the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2 h 5 min 4 sec).
🥇🏃♂️ Elisha Rotich 🇰🇪 wins the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2021 in 02:04:21
– Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (@parismarathon) October 17, 2021
Ethiopian Hailemaryam Kiros and another Kenyan, Hillary Kipsambu, finished second and third, 19 and 21 seconds behind the winner, respectively.
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Among the women, a trio of Ethiopians took the podium in a pocket handkerchief, Tigist Memuye leading in 2 hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds, ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa and Fantu Jimma, respectively 3 and 10 seconds behind. Memuye.
Thirty months after its last edition in April 2019, with two postponements and one cancellation in 2020, then a date set for the fall rather than the spring in 2021, the Parisian event has allowed tens of thousands of fans to return to the Parisian asphalt, subject to presenting a sanitary pass and wearing a mask in the starting area.