Biwott, Tirifi win Paris marathon

Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott and Ethiopia’s Beyene Tirfi overcame swirling winds and chilly conditions to win the Paris marathon in record times on Sunday.

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Published: Mon 16 Apr 2012, 10:12 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:30 AM

Biwott won in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 11 seconds, beating the old mark of 2:05.47 set by his countryman Vincent Kipruto in 2009, despite running into the wind for most of the first 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Biwott was struggling in the last uphill stretch toward Avenue Foch, and had to slow down after earlier setting a frenetic pace.

“I realised early in the race that the pace was very fast,” said Biwott, who posted the sixth fastest time of the year. “Then I told myself that if I can maintain that speed I can win the race, because nobody would be able to follow me.”

Tirfi, who was third in 2010, dominated the women’s race in 2:21:39 to surpass Ethiopian Astede Bayisa’s mark of 2:22:02 from two years ago.

Biwott pulled ahead after about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles), and he comfortably finished ahead of Ethiopians Raji Assefa, who had a new personal best of 2:06:23 and Sisay Jisa (2:06:26).

Sultan Haydar was second behind Tirfi in a Turkish national record time of 2:25:07, and Ethiopia’s Makda Harun was third in 2:26:46.

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