Paris, France —Tirfi Beyene of Ethiopia won the Paris Marathon in record time here today.

Beyene, who was third in 2010, dominated the women’s race in 2:21.40 to surpass Ethiopian Atsede Bayisa’s mark of 2:22.02 from two years ago.

Ethiopian-born Sultan Haydar of Turkey (formerly Chaltu Girma Meshesha) was second behind Tirfi in 2:25.07, and Makeda Harun of Ethiopia was third in 2:26.46.

In the men’s race, Stanley Biwott of Kenya also set a new course record as he finished ahead of Ethiopians Raji Assefa, who had a new personal best of 2:06.23 and debutant Sisay Jisa (2:06.26).


1. Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:05:11 (Race Record)

2. Raji Assefa (Ethiopia) 2:06:23

3. Sisay Jisa (Ethiopia) 2:06:26 (Debut)


1. Tirfi Beyene (Ethiopia) 2:21:39 (Race Record)

2. Sultan Haydar (Turkey/Ethiopia) 2:25:07 (National Record)

3. Makda Harun (Ethiopia) 2:26:46