Paris Marathon: Ethiopian Abeje Ayana wins ahead of his compatriot Guye Adola
Ethiopian Abeje Ayana crosses the finish line of the Paris Marathon on April 2, 2023. AFP - GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT
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Only twenty years old, Ethiopian Abeje Ayana won the Paris Marathon on Sunday in 2 h 07 min 15 sec, for his first in this discipline, ahead of his compatriot Guye Adola, who was the favorite of the event. On the women's side, it was Helal Kiprop who won at the end of a fantastic climb despite very unfavourable weather.
Abeje Ayana dropped Adola, his twelve-year-old senior, in the last five kilometers to sign a resounding victory in this Paris marathon, which marks his advent as an internationally renowned athlete. Behind Ayana and Adola (2:07:30), Kenya's Josphat Boit took third place in 2:07:40.
Contested under the greyness of Paris and in conditions made difficult by rain and wind, the race could not allow the athletes to set new records.
On the women's side, Kenya's Helal Kiprop was the first athlete to drop in a small leading group five kilometers from the finish, before managing to catch up to win the Paris Marathon on Sunday in 2:23:17. Kiprop edged out Ethiopia's Atalel Anmut (2:23:19) and Fikrte Wereta (2:23:22).
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