Sport Deso Gelmisa, Judith Jeptum claim Paris marathon titles

Deso Gelmisa, Judith Jeptum claim Paris marathon titles

Ethiopia's Deso Gelmisa won the Paris marathon in bitterly cold conditions. Photo: AP
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Ethiopia’s Deso Gelmisa has produced a burst of speed in the final stretch to claim the biggest title of his career with victory in the Paris marathon in cold conditions.

Gelmisa covered the 42.195 kilometres in two hours five minutes and seven seconds – 14 seconds outside his personal best – as he finished ahead of 2021 Chicago marathon winner and compatriot Seifu Tura on Sunday.

Tura finished three seconds behind the 24-year-old Gelmisa, whose previous title came at the Porto marathon in 2019.

Morhad Amdouni finished third by setting a new French record in 2:05.22, improving the mark set by Benoit Zwierzchiewski in 2003 by more than a minute.

Kenya’s Judith Jeptum won the women’s race, beating the course record in two hours 19 minutes and 48 seconds.

“The conditions were tough, but I’m happy with what I did today,” Jeptum said.

The race started shortly before 8am local time with a temperature just above zero degree Celsius.

Jeptum was in a league of her own, surging ahead of her rivals before the 30-kilometre mark and never looked back as she beat the previous best Paris mark set by Kenyan Purity Rionoripo in 2017 by 67 seconds.

Ethiopians Fantu Jimma and Besu Sado were second and third respectively, more than three minutes off the pace.