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Thirty-one-year-old Elisha Rotich won the 2021 Paris Marathon in the time of two hours, four minutes, and 21 seconds.
Four men clocked sub-2:05 performances including Ethiopian Hailelmaryam Kiros who finished in second place clocking the time of 2:04:41. And the third-place finisher was Hillary Kipsambu in the time of 2:04:44.
Rotich ran through the halfway split in the time of 61:55.
Leading at 21K was fourth-place finisher Barselius Kipyego. The pack was still together at 35K but began to spread with Kipsambue leading.
Kipsambue had lost the lead over the final few kilometres, as Rotich had bided his time. Not only did all four take Eliud Kipchoge’s course record, but also, Rotich improved on his own personal best by a minute. Kipchoge’s course record was 2:05:04.
Tigist Memuye clocked 2:26:11 for the women’s win.
Yenenesh Dinkesha from Ethiopia took second just three seconds back. Fantu Jimma took third seven seconds back of Dinkesha at 2:26:21. Seven women ran sub-2:08.
Similar to the men’s race, Memuya clocked a late-race surge to seal the victory.
Memuye, a 31-year-old Ethiopian, owns a best of 2:24:23 from Geneva, Switzerland which she ran in May 2021.
Results are available, here>>