Kenyan Kandie wins Athens Classic Marathon, breaking race record

November 10, 2014 9:09 am 

ATHENS, Nov. 9 — Kenyan runner Felix Kipchirchir Kandie won the 32nd Athens Classic Marathon the "Authentic" on Sunday amidst the warm applause of thousands of Greeks and foreign visitors, breaking the race record.

The 27-year-old athlete crossed first the finish line at the Panathinaic Stadium in the centre of Athens covering in 2:10:36 the 42.195 kilometres original course from Marathon city to the Greek capital first run by legendary Athenian soldier Pheidippides 25 centuries ago.

Kandie broke the all time best performance on the authentic course held by Italian Stephano Baldini since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (2:10:55).

The Kenyan athlete had run the race in 2:16:12 two years ago.

His compatriots Raymond Kimutai Bett (2:12:34) and Josphat Kiptanui Too Chobei (2:15:38) ranked second and third.

Another Kenyan, Naomi Jepkogei Maiyo (2:41:05) won the women's Marathon. Kenyan Nancy Joan Rotich(2:41:28) followed in the second place and Kidist Fiseha Tedla (2:42:40) in the third place.

Christoforos Meroussis was the first Greek athlete who crossed the finish line, winning the parallel Panhellenic Championship.

For the Greek organizers of the Hellenic Sports Federation (SEGAS) all 35,000 participants in the 42 kilometers course, as well as the shorter distance races held on Sunday – which was a record runner's participation for the Athens Marathon – are winners.

Among the runners who followed the footsteps of the ancient Athenian soldier Pheidippides who announced the victory against the Persian forces before collapsing dead from exhaustion 2,500 years ago, this year were 345 Chinese runners. (PNA/Xinhua)

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