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Kipruto kicks butt in Paris
- Updated: April 6, 2009
Kenyan youngster Vincent Kipruto won Sunday’s Paris Marathon in record time, clocking 2hr 05min 47sec in ideal road running condtions.
In one of the fastest races of all time, five other athletes ran under the 2:07 barrier.
Ethiopians dominated the women’s race, won by Atsede Bayisa in 2:24:42, supplying five of the top 10 finishers.
Twenty-one-year-old Kipruto was part of the lead bunch that went through halfway in 62:46. When Haile Gebrselassie set the world record of 2:03:59 in Berlin last year the halfway time was 62:04.
Kipruto surged clear with 3km to run to break Michael Rotich’s course record of 2:06:33, set in 2003.
He only made his marathon debut in October, with an impressive 2:08:16 third-place finish in Reims, France.
ÔÇ£I didn’t think I was going to run that fast,ÔÇØ was Kipruto’s appraisal of his race.
Bayisa’s 2:24:42 was a huge personal best, shattering her previous best of 2:29:08 but still outside Marleen Renders’ race record of 2:23:05 seven years ago.
1. Vincent Kipruto Limo (KEN) 2:05:47 (PB)
2. Bado Worku (ETH) 2:06:15 (debut)
3. David Kemboi Kiyeng (KEN) 2:06:26 (PB)
4. Yemane Adhane (ETH) 2:06:30 (PB)
5. Rachid Kisri (MAR) 2:06:48 (PB)
6. David Mandago Kipkorir (KEN) 2:06:53 (PB)
7. Jonathan Kosgei Kipkorir (KEN) 2:07:31 (PB)
8. Shadrack Kipchumba Kiplagat (KEN) 2:08:11
9. John Kipkorir Komen (KEN) 2:08:12
10. Daniel Too Kiprugut (KEN) 2:08:38 (PB)
1. Atsede Bayisa (ETH) 2:24:42(PB)
2. Aselefech Mergia (ETH) 2:25:02 (debut)
3. Christelle Dauney (FRA) 2:25:43 (NR)
4. Ashu Kasim (ETH) 2:25:49 (debut)
5. Julia Mombi Muraga (KEN) 2:29:10
6. Worknesh Tola (ETH) 2:29:19
7. Leah Malot (KEN) 2:30:29 (PB)
8. Maria McCambridge (IRL) 2:35:29 (PB)
9. Azalech Masresha (ETH) 2:35:56 (debut)
10. Maja Neuenschwander (SUI) 2:36:48 (PB)