Kenyan Runner Kiptoo Sets New Athens Marathon Record
© AP Photo / Yorgos KarahalisA general view of the Athens Panathenean stadium during the 38th Athens Marathon, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.
© AP Photo / Yorgos Karahalis
From November 11 to 12, Greece hosts the annual marathon road race in the capital city of Athens. The event is known as one of the most challenging marathons: the course is uphill from the 10km mark to the 31km mark. This year, African athletes participated in the Athens Marathon for the first time since 2019.
Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo became the winner of men's 40th Athens Marathon, covering 42 kilometers and 195 meters in 2 hours, 10 minutes and 34 seconds, the event's organizers declared.
Kiptoo, 30, is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathons and half-marathons.
The African set a new Athens Marathon record, with the previous one (2:10.37) set in 2014.
Among the women, Soukaina Athanane of Morocco was first with 02:31.52. A record number of 21,000 runners signed up for the 42 kilometers 195 meters main race.
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Within the framework of the event, there were also 10 km and 5 km races and a 1.2km children's race. In total, more than 71,000 runners participated, including 18,000 from abroad. Athletes from 140 countries took part in the event..
The Athens Marathon was first held in 1972. This year was the 40th edition and counted with the participation of African athletes, who have not participated in the Athens Marathon since 2019.
Athletes traditionally finish at the Marble Stadium in the center of the Greek capital, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896.