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Korir wins Paris marathon

Kenyan Mark Korir sets personal best to win Paris marathon

Korir wins Paris marathon

PARIS (AP) -- Mark Korir of Kenya won the Paris marathon on Sunday to claim the biggest victory of his career.

A specialist over shorter distances, Korir completed the 42-kilometer (26-mile) race in 2 hours, 5 minutes and 49 seconds to improve his personal best set two years ago when finishing runner-up in Seoul by more than a minute.

The 30-year-old Korir won ahead of fellow Kenyan Luka Kanda, who placed third last year, and Ethiopian Seboka Tola.

Another Kenyan runner, Mike Kigen, attacked 10 kilometers from the finish but Korir dropped him in the Bois de Boulogne with about five kilometers to go. Kigen finished fourth.

Ethiopia's Meseret Mengistu won the women's race in 2:23:24, taking almost six minutes off her personal best.

Updated : 2021-09-24 05:57 GMT+08:00