Athletics

Biwott wins Paris marathon

2012-04-15 12:29
Stanley Biwott (File)

Paris - Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott won the men's Paris marathon here on Sunday in a record time of 2hrs 05min 11sec to add to his victory here in March's half-marathon.

The 26-year-old bettered the previous best time for the Paris marathon of 2hr 05min 47sec set by compatriot Vincent Kipruto in the 2009 edition.

Biwott attacked at the 30km mark and came home more than a minute ahead of Ethiopian duo Raji Assefa and Sisay Jisa.

Ethiopia had better luck in the women's race as Tirfi Beyene came home to breast the tape in a new record time for the Paris renewal of 2hrs 21min 39sec.

Beyene improved on the previous best of 2hrs 22min 02sec set by compatriot Astede Bayisa in 2010.

Results of Paris marathon run on Sunday:

Men

1. Stanley Biwott (KEN) 2hrs 05min 12sec, 2. Raji Assefa (ETH) 2hr 06:24, 3. Sisay Jisa (ETH) 2hr 06:27, 4. Eric Ndiema (KEN) 2hr 06:37, 5. Terefi Balcha (ETH) 2hr 07:38, 6. Eshetu Wendimu (ETH) 2hr 07:54, 7. Debebe Tolossa (ETH) 2hr 08:18, 8. Joseph Lagat (KEN) 2hr 08:38, 9. Shumye Alemayehu (ETH) 2hr 09:09, 10. Tariku Jufar (ETH) 2hr 09:19.

Women

1. Tirfi Beyene (ETH) 2hr 21:40, 2. Sultan Haydar (TUR) 2hr 25:09, 3. Makda Harun (ETH) 2hr 26:46, 4. Goitetom Tesema (ETH) 2hr 27:28, 5. Meseret Legesse (ETH) 2hr 28:18.

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