MEN CR 2:10:37 BY KANDIE
ATHENS (GRE, Nov 9): High temperature and humidity did not prevent Felix Kandie to win the authentic marathon in Athens with a course record. His time 2:10:37 improved the performance of Italian Stefano Baldini (2:10:55 from 2004 Olympic Games). It is also a personal best for the 27 years old Kenyan who had 2:16:12 before. Second was his compatriot and winner here in 2010 and 2012 Raymond Bett in 2:12:34 and another Kenyan Josphat Chobei was third with 2:15.38. Kenyany also dominated women as Naomi Jepkosgei clocked 2:41:06 to win. She was followed by defending champion Nancy Rotich in 2:41:29 and Linah Chirchir 2:42:41. Kandie said after the race: „I felt strong, I didn't start too fast in the begining. I battled, above all I was afraid of Bett, but the best would win. The course is difficult, so I am pleased for what I achieved here." Best non-African Japanese Sho Matsumoto as 8th in 2:20:53. Greek champions are Christoforos Merousis 2:25:15 and Sofia Riga 2:45.38 (6th overall). The event had a record entry of 13,000 runners. With help from Tolis Lelekidis.