Kenyan takes his­toric marathon

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

Kenya’s Luka Rotich Lobuwan won the 34th Athens clas­sic marathon on Sun­day in two hours, 12 min­utes and 49 sec­onds for the gru­elling 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-year-old Kenyan Nancy Je­bichi Aru­sei in a time of 2:38.13. She fin­ished 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 5km and 10km 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 42km 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. –

Photo: AFP

Kenya’s Luka Rotich Lobuwan fin­ishes the Marathon of Athens in 2 hours and 12 min­utes yes­ter­day in Greece.

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