Paris marathon: Kenyan Mr and Mrs tie up in tournament

Posted on Apr 9 2017 - 4:40pm by admin

Kenya's Paul Lonyangata raises the arms as he crosses the finish line to win the 41st Paris Marathon in Paris on April 9, 2017

Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris marathon on Sunday along with his wife Purity Rionoripo tying up the women's race to make it a memorable day trip for the Kenyan couple within the French capital.

Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris marathon on Sunday with his wife Purity Rionoripo tying up the ladies's race to make it a memorable time out for the Kenyan couple in the French capital.

Lonyangata recorded his largest occupation win in a time of two hours six minutes and 10 seconds regardless of losing precious time when doubling again after missing the penultimate water station.

His compatriot, pre-race favorite Stephen Chebogut, came in 2d at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego finishing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec.

"i believe good now as my aim was to come back here to win," stated Lonyangata who was once going one better after taking 2nd in the Paris half-marathon in March.

With Paris bathed in spring sunshine Rionoripo made it a redletter day for the couple, the 23-12 months-previous surroundings a brand new record time of 2hr 20min 50sec to smash her private very best by almost 4 minutes.

The couple's success put a smile again on the face of Kenyan athletics 48 hours after the shock news of Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong's failed dope take a look at.

Sumgong used to be the primary Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold within the marathon when she triumphed in Rio final 12 months.

The 32-year-previous, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested certain for the banned blood booster EPO in a check with the aid of the global association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.

Lonyangata, 24, made his decisive move after the 35km marker, surging away from Chebogut in the Bois de Boulogne so as to add Paris to his previous marathon wins in Shanghai in 2015 and lisbon two years previous.

within the ladies's race Rionorigo used to be followed throughout the road through her compatriot Agnes Barsosio at 2hr 21:02 with Flomena Cheyech (2hr 21:23.) finishing the podium.

"I'm so satisfied, it's a perfect day for me to win and to beat my personal perfect," said Rionorigo, who had closing 12 months's winner Visiline Jepkesho (fourth) among the more fancied contenders in her slipstream.

She diminished the earlier women's Paris marathon report time set by way of Ethiopia's Feyse Tadese of 2hr 21:06 in 2013.

in the males's race her husband's profitable time used to be 53sec out of doors the record based through Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele of 2hr 05:04 in 2014.

Britain's six-time Paralympic champion David Weir tuned up for his occupation swansong within the London marathon on April 23 with success in Paris.

The 37-year-old wheelchair racer won 4 gold medals at London 2012 but crashed out of last year's Rio video games marathon.

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