Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris Marathon on Sunday (April 9) with his wife Purity Rionoripo making it a memorable family day out in the French capital with success in the women’s race.
Paul Lonyangata recorded his biggest career win in a time of two hours six minutes and 10 seconds. His compatriot, pre-race favorite Stephen Chebogut, came in second at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego completing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec.
With Paris bathed in spring sunshine, Purity Rionoripo made it a red-letter day for the couple, the 23-year-old setting a new record time of 2hr 20min 50sec to smash her personal best by almost four minutes.
The couple’s success put a smile back on the face of Kenyan athletics 48 hours after the shock news of Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s failed dope test. Jemima Sumgong was the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed in Rio last year.
The 32-year-old, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in a test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.
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