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Kenyans sweep up at Athens Authentic Marathon


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Kenyans sweep up at Athens Authentic Marathon

The 32nd edition of the Athens Authentic Marathon, was a Marathon of records.

Perfect weather conditions brought the best out of Felix Kandie who posted a new record over the authentic course from Marathonas to Athens on Sunday morning.

The Kenyan clocked two hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds to beat the previous record set at the Athens 2004 Olympics by Italy’s Stefano Baldini by 18 seconds.

Kandie beat compatriot and former record holder Raymond Bett by almost two minutes, with another Kenyan Kiptanui Chobei in third.

Last year’s winner Hillary Yego crossed the line in fourth.

Naomi Maiyo made it a clean sweep for the Kenyan contingent by winning the women’s race.

She crossed over at the Panathenaic Stadium to set a time of two hours 41 minutes and six seconds.

Second was last year’s winner, Nancy Rotich, also from Kenya while compatriot Linah Chirchir took third.

That result meant Kenyans occupied all six podium places across the men’s and women’s races.

Euronews’ Ioannis Karagiorgas was there at the line and said: “The Athens Marathon was a great success. The participation record was broken yet again. Thousands of runners from around the globe once more honored this historic race.”

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