Boru Feyesse won Paris Marathon, sets new course record


Ethiopian Boru Feyesse slashed 31 seconds off the one year old course record to set a new one in the 37th edition of Schneide Electric Marathon de Paris, while the men’s pre-race favourite, compatriot Tadesse Tola failed to live up to organizers expectations, throwing away the crown to little-known Kenyan, Peter Some.
With pre-race favourite Kenyan Eunice Jepkirou controlling the pace, the leading pack hit the road early and only one hour into the race, only four athletes remained, comprising of three Ethiopians and the Kenyan: Houston winner Merima Mohammed, Seoul and Osaka winner Amane Gobena and debutant Imana Gutemi, plus Jepkirou. However, World Half Marathon silver medalist Boru Feyesse came forward slowly but steadily, moved into the forefront, then went through the half way mark in 1:11:08, the fastest ever international time in Paris. It was an astonishing finish that took everyone by surprise, with 25 year old Boru crossing the finishing line in a course record of 2:21:06, which is 31 seconds faster than the previous record and improving on the record set by her compatriot Tirfi Beyene last year. Merima finished second 2:23:14, followed by the Jepkirou, twenty seconds behind. Pre-race favourite Ethiopian Tadesse Tola was hardly in the picture for most of the race, with the three Kenyans in the lead and controlling the pace until the 25th kilometre. Peter Some, the least expected among the three, suddenly accelerated, a surge which went unanswered. Confident of an awesome victory, the 22 year old stood his ground until crossing the line in 2:05:38. In the meantime, Tadesse caught up with the other Kenyan and featured in a sprint finish, out of which he came out victorious to come second in 2:06:33. Eric Ndiena was third a second later, followed by Ethiopian Megersa Bacha.