ADDIS ABABA – Athlete Tigist Memuye won Women’s race as Ethiopians dominate the podium at Paris Marathon on Sunday .
Tigist ran a time of 2:26.12 in France Capital after a late surge to seal the biggest win of her career.
She finished about 3-seconds ahead of her compatriot Yenenesh Dinkesa while another Ethiopian Athlete, Fantu Jimma, rounding out the podium a further 7-second adrift.
In Men’s race, Kenya’s Elisha Rotich set a new course record en route to victory as he crossed the line in two hours four minutes 21 seconds to finish ahead of Ethiopia’s Hailemaryam Kiros.
The 31-year-old Athlete took nearly a minute off his personal best bettering the previous best in Paris of 2:05.04 set by the legendary Ethiopian Athlete Kenenisa Bekele seven years ago.
Another Kenyan, Hillary Kipsambu, finished the race third 21 seconds off the winner’s pace after slipping two spots in the final stages of the race.
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.
Featured Image Caption: Kenyan Rotich and Ethiopian Tigist, winners of the Paris marathon, on October 17, 2021, surrounded, from left to right, by Ethiopian Yenenesh Dinkesa (finish 2nd), Ethiopian Hailemaryam (2nd), Kenyan Kipsambu (3rd) and Ethiopian Fantu (3rd). [Photo AFP]