Judith Jeptum Breaks Paris Marathon Record

Judith Jeptum of Kenya set a new Paris marathon record after completing the 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) race in 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 48 seconds in chilly conditions.

The temperature at the start of the race was 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit). 

In the 28th kilometer, the 2021 Abu Dhabi marathon winner pulled away to run a personal best and break the course record of 2:20:55 set by Kenyan Purity Rionoripo in 2017. 

Jeptum was in a league of her own, charging ahead of her competitors before the 30km mark and never looking back, beating the previous best Paris time by 67 seconds set by compatriot Purity Rionoripo in 2017.

Fantu Jimma and Besu Sado, both Ethiopians, finished second and third, respectively, more than three minutes behind the leaders. 

Gelmisa won the men’s race in 2:05:07, beating out fellow countryman and 2021 Chicago marathon winner Seifu Tura. 

Morhad Amdouni, the 2018 European 10,000m champion, finished third in 2:05:22, breaking the French record set by Benoit Zwierzchiewski in 2003. 

Asefa Mengstu of Ethiopia, the fastest man in the field, finished 10th, more than three minutes behind Gelmisa. 

Julien Wanders, the European half-marathon record holder, finished 18th in his marathon debut.

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