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Prurity Rionoripo crosses the finish line at the Paris marathon on Sunday / Photo: SEM/Twitter

Kenyan couple wins Paris Marathon titles

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the Paris Marathon in a quick time of two hours, six minutes, 10 seconds on Sunday and Purity Rionoripo, his wife, won the women’s race in a new record time of 2:20.55.

Lonyangata pulled clear when his compatriot Stephen Chebogut, who started with the best personal best of the field, cracked with 5.7km left.

The 24-year-old Lonyangata, a winner of the Lisbon and Shanghai marathons, beat his personal best by almost a minute.

Paul Lonyangata crosses the finish line to clinch the 2017 Paris Marathon title /SEM/Twitter


While Lonyangata finished 46 seconds ahead of second placed Chebogut, the women’s race was much closer.

Rionoripo was chased to her record finish by fellow Kenyans Agnes Barsosio, who finished just two seconds behind her, and Flomena Cheyech, finishing third, 27 seconds behind the winner.

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