Kenyan Lobuwan wins Athens classic marathon
Kenya’s Luka Rotich Lobuwan won the 34th Athens classic marathon yesterday in two hours, 12 minutes and 49 seconds for the grueling 42-kilometre (26 mile) course. The 28-year-old Lobuwan was followed across the line by eight of his countrymen with second place going to Benson Kipruto, who clocked 2:13.24 and Bernard Kitur in third at 2:13.32.
The woman’s race was won by 30-yearold Kenyan Nancy Jebichi Arusei in a time of 2:38.13 and was 18th overall. Some 50,000 runners took part in sunny weather and cool temperatures in the classic marathon which began near the tumulus erected for the Greek dead of the battle of Marathon, and the shorter five and 10-km races in downtown Athens.
The finish line for each was the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. According to legend, the 42-kilometre distance from Marathon to Athens was first run by Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger who in 490 BC dashed to the democratic city-states of Athens and Platea to announce victory of the citizen soldiers of Athens over soldiers of the Persian Empire, before dying of exhaustion. Meanwhile, Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt, who has often said he dreams of becoming a professional footballer, will spend a few days training with Borussia Dortmund, the German club confirmed yesterday.
Britain’s The Guardian had quoted the nine-time Olympic champion as saying he had been in touch with the club’s coach to join training for a couple of days and to then “see what happens”.
“It’s not a joke, it’s not a marketing stunt,” the club’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany’s Kicker online yesterday. “It has been decided for some time,” he said, adding that the idea had been mentioned by sportswear maker Puma, a corporate partner of both the team and Bolt.
“Puma boss Bjoern Gulden, who is also a member of our supervisory board, told me weeks ago that Usain had asked if he could train with us,”Watzke said.
“I said sure, no problem at all ... We’re happy, it’s an honour for us.” No date had been set yet for when Bolt would join the training, Watzke said. He dismissed the idea of Bolt actually joining the team as a professional footballer, telling Kicker that “this is something we don’t need to talk about”. Bolt has often stated his dream of playing football, preferably for Manchester United, and he told The Guardian again that joining the Premier League powerhouse indeed “would be epic”. —AFP
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