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Kenya’s Judith Jeptum Turns on the Game to Win the Paris Marathon in Chilling Conditions

Kenya’s Judith Jeptum turned on the game to win the Paris Marathon under cold conditions that almost brought the French capital to a standstill.

Jeptum clocked two hours 19 minutes and 48 seconds to win the women’s race ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Fantu Jimma and Besu Sado who came in second and third, in that order but more than three minutes adrift of Jeptum.

As the race started off just a few minutes to 8am, it was ice-cold, with temperatures just above zero degrees centigrade, but the Kenyan was well determined to bag the victory and was more than elated when the medal finally came home.

“The conditions were tough but I’m happy with what I did today,” she said.

The two hours 19 minutes and 48 seconds time used by Jeptum to win the race is a new course record as he slashed 67 seconds off the previous record set by compatriot Purity Rionoripo in 2017 in Paris.

The men’s race was won by Deso Gelmisa of Ethiopia who finished the 42.195km stretch in a time of two hours five minutes and seven seconds, just 14 seconds from his persona best.

Courtesy/Team Kenya Olympics

Gelmisa beat countryman Seifu Tura who is the 2021 Chicago marathon champion. Tura came in just three seconds late making him to wait longer to win another Paris Marathon since triumphing in 2019.

Jeptum’s victory in Paris comes just a week after Helen Obiri and Rogers Kwemoi stormed to victory in the Istanbul Half Marathon to complete a Kenyan double at the global event.

Obiri clocked one hour, 04 minutes and 48 seconds to chalk up the victory ahead of the Ethiopian duo of Tsehay Gemechu and Bekelech Gudeta who clocked 1:05:52 and 1:06:35 respectively.

In the men’s race Rodgers Kwemoi dashed to victory in 59 minutes and 15 seconds, leading compatriots Daniel Mateiko and Emmanuel Bor to a podium sweep.

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