Mulugeta Uma triumphs in only her fourth marathon

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published 16 minutes ago, Updated 2 minutes ago

Mulugeta Uma exploded her personal best (2h 6 min 7 sec), established in Seville last year, and broke the Kenyan Kipruto. Stephanie Lecocq / REUTERS

With a time of 2h 5 min 33 sec, the 26-year-old Ethiopian beat the Kenyan Titus Kipruto, one of the favorites.

The Ethiopian Mulugeta Uma, who was running only his fourth marathon, won the Paris event on Sunday in 2h 5 min 33 sec, ahead of the Kenyan Titus Kipruto, one of the favorites, dropped 2.5 km from the finish.

The 26-year-old Ethiopian exploded his personal best (2h 6 min 7 sec), established in Seville last year, and broke the Kenyan Kipruto, who had led the way from the 35 km, to finally finish in 2h 5min 48 sec.

His compatriot Elisha Rotich, record holder in the Parisian race, completed the podium in 2h 6 min 54 sec. The Ethiopian Abeje Ayana, winner in 2023, finished in 9th place.

Ethiopian novice Mestawut Fikir, 24, shone in her first marathon, in Paris, on Sunday, beating her compatriot Enat Tirusew at the finish in 2 h 20 min 45 sec, less than a minute from the Parisian race record.

The two Ethiopian athletes, who had never run a competitive marathon, finished the race in a sprint, led for a long time by their compatriot Rahma Tusa. Enat Tirusew gave up in the last meters and set a time of 2 h 20 min 47 sec.

Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, Olympic 5,000m champion in 2016 and who, at 39, had not participated in a marathon since 2019, took third place in 2 h 21 min 47 sec.

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