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Two records set at Athens Classic Marathon

10 November 2014 / 09:11:29  GRReporter
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The 32nd Athens Classic Marathon was held today. Winner in the men’s race was Felix Kandie from Kenya, who set a record for the event and the track.

Felix Kandie

Kandie finished with a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds. Raymond Bett came second, and Kenyan Josphat Chobei was third. The Kenyan beat the 10-year classic course record of 2:10:55, with which the Italian Stefano Baldini won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In the women’s race, the top three women were all from the east African country as well. Naomi Maiyo won with 2:41:06, defeating defending champion Nancy Rotich who followed in 2:41:29. Linah Chirchir took third with 2:42:41.

Naomi Jepkosgei Maiyo

Christoforos Merousis came first among the Greek contenders for the second year in a row, with a time of 2:25.

Christoforos Merousis

Sofia Riga was the fastest among Greek women, with a time of 2:45:36, followed by Magda Gazea with 2:47:27.

Sofia Riga

This year, “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” enjoyed a record turnout of 35,000 participants. Roughly 8,500 of them challenged the classical 42 km and 195 m distance from the Tomb of the Athenian soldiers in Marathon to the Panathinaiko Stadium.

Thousands of other athletes opted for the shorter distance 10 kilometre and 5 kilometre races in the city centre, the racewalking events, as well as the 1,200 metre Special Olympic Hellas race and Children's Races.

The prize pool in the classic marathon amounted to € 16,000 in total for the top five non-Greek male runners, and € 11 000 in total for the top five non-Greek women-contenders. The winner in the men's race got € 7,000, while the female winner got € 5,000.

The top six Greek male contenders who clocked up less than 2 and a 1/2 hours got € 9,000 among them as did the fastest six Greek women who achieved less than 3 hours. The winners of either sex category took home €5,000 each.

ACM is listed among the 10 best races in the world by the International Association of Athletics Federations.


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