Kenyan Lobuwan wins Athens clas­sic marathon

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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

NRE YORK: Conor McGre­gor leaves the oc­tagon with his ti­tle belts af­ter knock­ing out Ed­die Alvarez dur­ing a light­weight mixed mar­tial arts bout at UFC 205, early yes­ter­day, at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York. — AP

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