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Elisha Rotich and Tigist Memuye win Paris Marathon

October 17, 2021 GMT
Kenya's Elisha Rotich reacts after winning the men's Paris Marathon race, in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Kenya's Elisha Rotich reacts after winning the men's Paris Marathon race, in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Kenya's Elisha Rotich reacts after winning the men's Paris Marathon race, in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) — Kenyan runner Elisha Rotich won the Paris Marathon for the first time on Sunday in a new record for the event, while Tigist Memuye also secured a first win as she led an Ethiopian 1-2-3.

Rotich’s time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 21 seconds beat the previous mark of 2:05:04 set in 2014 by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele over the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) route.

Ethiopian Hailelmaryam Kiros was second in 2:04:41 with Kenyan Hillary Kipsambu three seconds behind in third.

Memuye won in 2:26:11.

Yenenesh Dinkesa finished just three seconds behind her and Fantu Jimma was close behind in 2:26:21.

Kenyan runner Purity Rionoripo holds the women’s record of 2:20:55, set in 2017.

The race was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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