Ethiopia's Three-time Olympic champion [link id="220" tax="post_tag" text="Kenenisa Bekele" target="_blank"] hits another milestone in winning the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris (Paris Marathon) on Sunday on his marathon debut.
Bekele, 31, who is the World record-holder for the 5,000m and 10,000m on the track crossed the line in a Paris course record time of 2:05:02 after negotiating a sunbathed course of 42.195km (26.22 miles) through the streets of the French capital.
The previous [link id="423" tax="post_tag" text="Paris Marathon" target="_blank"] record was held by Kenya's Stanley Biwott who clocked 2:05:10, set in 2012.
Bekele's winning time is the sixth-fastest marathon debut in history on a record-eligible course and the fastest ever debut by someone older than 30 years.
Another Ethiopian Limenih Getachew came home second at 2:06:49 with Luka Kanda of Kenya, the 2012 Rome winner, claiming the final spot on the podium crossing the line in 2:08:02.
"It was my first marathon and I didn't have much experience," said Bekele. "It was very tough but it was the time I expected. After 25km I pushed alone but it was very tough."
"The hamstring wasn't good after 25km. It was cramping but it's ok. I'll feel it more in the morning," Bekele added.
Kenya's [link id="130" tax="post_tag" text="Flomena Cheyech"] dominated the women's race, winning in a personal best time of 2:22:41, as she turned in a confident showing and a winning margin of 3 minutes and 37 seconds over second-placed Ethiopian, Yebrqual Melese (2:26:21).
Melese's compatriot Zemzem Ahmed, a former steeplechaser, finished third in 2:29:35.
"I'm very happy, the course was good," said Cheyech after the race. "I wasn't that fast but in the middle of the race, I felt confident and just told myself to keep running," she added.
- Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:05:03
- Limenih Getachew (ETH) 2:06:49
- Luca Kanda (KEN) 2:08:01
- Robert Kwambai (KEN) 2:08:48
- Jackson Limo (KEN) 2:09:05
- Gideon Kipketer (KEN) 2:10:35
- Mike Kigen (KEN) 2:10:58
- Ketema Behailu (ETH) 2:13:23
- Mark Kiptoo (KEN) 2:13:58
- Ahmed Ezzobayry (FRA) 2:15:34
- Flomena Cheyech (KEN) 2:22:44
- Yebrqual Melese (ETH) 2:26:21
- Zemzem Ahmed (ETH) 2:29:35
- Faith Chemaoi (KEN) 2:31:59
- Gebisse Godana Derbi (ETH) 2:36:27
- Martha Komu (FRA) 2:36:33
- Aheza Kiros (ETH) 2:38:12
- Laurane Picoche (FRA) 2:39:22
What do you think of Bekele's debut in marathon. Do you think he can go on to break the world record too? Have your say below: