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Cyprian Kotut wins 40th Paris marathon 2016

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  • Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho and Cyprian Kotut were dominant winners at the 40th edition of the Paris Marathon.
  • The Kotut, also won the Paris half-marathon last month, completed the 195-kilometer (26-mile) race in 2 hours, 7 minutes and 11 seconds to improve on his personal best set last year when finishing runner-up in Milano on his debut over the distance (2:08.55).
  • Kotut became the 12th Kenyan to win the race and put his case straight ahead of the national marathon team selection for Rio Olympic Games.Marthon 2016
  • Having recorded a personal best of 59:12 for the half marathon in 2014, Kotut made his marathon debut in Milan in 2015 and finished second in 2:08:55.


  • VisilineJepkesho make up for her last year’s third place finish to win this year’s Paris Marathon in 2 hours 25 minutes and 57 seconds.
  • Kotut, the brother to three-time London Marathon champion Martin Lel, overtook Ethiopian Abraha Gebretsadik with three kilometres to go, pumping his pistons past the 40km mark in 2:00:34 to victory.

Men’s Category Winners                          


Players Country Lapse
Cyprian Kotut Kenya 2:07:11
Laban Korir Kenya 2:07:29
Stephen Chemlany Kenya 2:07:37
Micah Kogo Kenya 2:08:03
GebretsadikAbraha Ethiopia 2:08:18

Women’s Category Winners

Players Country Lapse
VisilineJepkesho Kenya 2:25:53
GulumeTollesa Ethiopia 2:26:14
DinkneshMekasha Ethiopia 2:28:12
Rebecca Chesire Kenya 2:31:29
YebrgualMelese Ethiopia 2:32:05