Tens of thousands of runners were at the start of the Paris Marathon this morning.
The largest marathon in France was held in the spring for the first time in three years, after the event was canceled two years ago and postponed to the fall last year.
The marathon course ran from the Champ-Elysees through the City of Love. Among the sights on the marathon course were the Place de la Nation, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
Fast times again?
After Elisha Rotich achieved the first time under 2:05 hours at the Paris Marathon last year with 2:04:21 hours, this year's field of participants was also geared towards an attack on the course record. The women had to run a time of 2:20:55 hours. Purity Cherotich Rionoripo (Kenya) achieved this feat five years ago in Paris. The defending champion was Tigist Memuye, who was the first woman to finish in 2:26:11 last fall.
Three years ago, more than 48,000 male and female runners successfully finished the Paris Marathon. The organizers hoped for a similarly large starting field on April 3, 2022.
Debut for European record holder
In addition to many top African runners, Julien Wanders was also at the start this year. The Swiss holds the European records for 10 kilometers and the half marathon distance and now contested his first marathon in Paris.
Favorites to win were the two Ethiopians Seifa Tura and Deso Gelmisa as well as the Kenyan Hillary Kipsambu with best times under 2:05 hours. In the women's race, Helalia Johannes led the field. The runner from Namibina holds a best time of 2:19:52 hours.
First time under 2:20 hours at Paris Marathon
Judith Jeptum provided the outstanding performance of the day. The runner from Kenya not only won by more than three minutes, but also ran the first women's marathon time under 2:20 hours in Paris with 2:19:48 hours. The top 9 all included runners from Kenya and Ethiopia. The best non-African was U.S. runner Lindsay Flanagan in 10th place with 2:26:54 hours.
The men's times were also top class, even if they fell just short of a course record. But it was not winner Deso Gelmisa, who led a double victory for Ethiopia after 2:05:07 hours, who made the big headlines. For just 15 seconds behind in third place was Morhad Amdouni, who set a new national record for France with 2:05:22 hours and was also the only non-African in the top 10.
European half marathon record holder Julien Wanders, on the other hand, fluffed his marathon debut. With 2:11:52 hours and 18th place, the Swiss was well below his expectations.
Results Paris Marathon 2022
|7||Mohamed Reda El Aarabi||M||02:06:55|
|13||Yassine El Fathaoui||M||02:10:22|
|19||Abdelilah El Maimouni||M||02:12:05|
|51||Anders Nostdahl Gloersen||M||02:26:51|
|63||Driss El Himer||M||02:28:51|
|87||Clement D Anastasi||M||02:31:29|