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Kenya's Judith Jeptum breaks women's record as Ethiopia's Deso Gelmisa wins men's Paris Marathon

Kenyan Jeptum sets course record in women's race [photo courtesy/Twitter]

Ethiopian Deso Gelmisa produced a burst of speed in the final stretch to claim the biggest title of his career with victory in the Paris marathon in cold conditions on Sunday.

Gelmisa covered the 42.195 kilometres in two hours five minutes and seven seconds - 14 seconds outside his personal best - as he finished ahead of 2021 Chicago marathon winner and compatriot Seifu Tura.

Tura finished three seconds behind the 24-year-old Gelmisa, whose previous title came at the Porto marathon in 2019.

Morhad Amdouni finished third by setting a new French record in 2:05.22, improving the mark set by Benoit Zwierzchiewski in 2003 by more than a minute.

 

Kenya's Judith Jeptum won the women's race by beating the course record in two hours 19 minutes and 48 seconds.

"The conditions were tough but I'm happy with what I did today," Jeptum said.

The race started shortly before 8am local time with a temperature just above zero degree Celsius.

Jeptum was in a league of her own, surging ahead of her rivals before the 30km mark and never looked back as she beat the previous best Paris mark set by Kenyan Purity Rionoripo in 2017 by 67 seconds.

Ethiopians Fantu Jimma and Besu Sado were second and third respectively, more than three minutes off the pace.

 

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