Meseret Mengistu fo Ethiopia (Photo credit: laprovence.com) -

Meseret Mengistu of Ethiopia (Photo credit: laprovence.com) –

Paris, France – Ethiopia’s Meseret Mengistu made a massive breakthrough to win the 39th edition of the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon women’s race in 2:23:24 here today, taking almost six minutes off her best.

The 25 year-old underdog was only ranked 12th on time going into the race although she was reasonably well-accustomed to winning over the classic distance as she had victories in Cape Town, Omsk and Bali to her name from her previous 10 outings.

The first three women home all ran personal bests. In addition to Mengistu, her compatriot Amane Gobena finished second in 2:23:29. Gobena had a previous best of 2:23:50 from the 2013 Dubai Marathon.

Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho, winner of both the 2014 Milan and Lisbon marathons, finished third in 2:24:42, improving by more than two minutes.

Men’s Race

In the men’s race, Mark Korir of Kenya caused a surprise when he won crossing the line in a personal best of 2:05:49. Fellow compatriot Luka Kanda came through for second place in a personal best of 2:07:20. Third was Ethiopia’s Seboka Tola who ran 2:07:33.

Read more at: IAAF.org

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