It seemed impossible with a marathon in the fall, a plateau that is not the most demanding in the world when all the major marathons in the world (Chicago, Berlin, London, New York) are taking place right now. But the Paris marathon record was broken this Sunday morning. It dated back to 2014 and was owned by three-time Olympic champion in the 5 and 10,000m, Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:03 ′).
This Sunday morning, in the cool of autumn, Kenyan Elisha Rotich smashed the Ethiopian legend’s record in 2:04:18. He broke his personal best by over a minute, a feat. To put it simply, Rotich ran every 100m of the event in under 2 seconds at over 2 km / h on average. For most runners, even the toughest, it’s the equivalent of a sprint: ““ It’s great and I’m very happy, ”said the winner. I enjoyed the race. I broke my personal best, thank you to the organization and the Parisian public for supporting me. »Simple words that sum up the unique performance.
The first Frenchman, Yohan Durand, finished the race in less than 2h10 in 2 09 ′ 15 ′ ‘exactly. He achieves the minimums for the next European Championships by also beating his personal best: “I knew I was in good shape but it had to be confirmed. I felt I had this time in my legs. This is another step in my progress. “On the women’s side, the victory went to Ethiopian Tigist Memuye in 2h26′09 ′ ‘.
This is the first time in 30 months that the Paris marathon has returned. It had not taken place since April 2019 due to the pandemic. There were 35,000 runners at the start. There will undoubtedly be more next April than the event will revert to its original date. It is scheduled for April 3, 2022.