Ethiopian runners Burka and Milaw win Paris Marathon

Paris, Apr 14 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/14/2019 12:40:43 PM IST

Ethiopians Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka on Sunday won the men and women’s races to end Kenya’s dominance at Paris Marathon.

Milaw shattered Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata’s dream of a historic hat-trick when he pulled away with two kilometres to go to win in 2 hours, 07 minutes and 04 seconds. Another Ethiopian and prerace favourite Asefa Mengistu finished second in 2:07:24 as Lonyangata settled for third place in 2:07:28. Kenyans Morris Gachaga and Barselius Kipyego finished fourth and fifth in 2:07:45 and 2:07:57 respectively.

The Kenyans had won the last four editions of the race before Milaw struck to recapture the title Kenenisa Bekele had won for Ethiopia last in 2014 with a course record time of 2:05:04 that still stands to date. Kenyan women were locked out of the podium finish when Burka, who last year ran a personal best of 2:20:45 in Dubai before winning Ottawa Marathon in 2:22:17 the same year, clocked 2:22:14 to win. Burka’s compatriots Azmera Gebru and newcomer Azmera Abreha finished second and third in 2:22:52 and 2:23:36. 

Kenya’s Sally Chepyego settled fifth as Kenya relinquished the reign to Ethiopia, having won the previous three editions. Clémence Calvin of France settled fourth in a personal best of 2:23:36.

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