Geleta Burka, photo by PhotoRun.net
Burka wins, Calvin French record
PARIS (FRA, Apr 14): Former world indoor 1500m champion Gelete Burka had the best win of her marathon career thus far, winning the Paris Marathon in 2:22:47 (71:09/71:38) and leading an Ethiopian clean sweep ahead of Azmera Gebru (2:22:52) and Azmera Abreha (2:23:35). Clemence Calvin, whose doping suspension was lifted on the eve of the race, finished strongly to finish fourth in a big lifetime best and French record of 2:23:41 (71:09/72:32), breaking Christelle Daunay’s mark of 2:24:22 from 2010. Abrha Milaw led an Ethiopian one-two in the men’s race in 2:07:05 ahead of Asefa Mengistu (2:07:25) with reigning two-time champion Paul Lonyangata from Kenya having to settle for third in 2:07:29. Former European 10,000m champion Polat Kemboi Arikan was the first European finisher in sixth in 2:08:14 while the current European 10,000m champion Morhad Amdouni was eighth on his debut in 2:09:14.
Clemence Calvin, photo by PhotoRun.net