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Eric Feferberg, AFP |Kenya's Betsy Saina celebrates as she places first in the Women's Group during the 42nd edition of the Paris Marathon on April 8, 2018 in Paris.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-04-08

Kenyans won the men's and women’s Paris Marathon titles on Sunday as, in a piece of theatre calculated by the organisers, the two champions finished almost together.

Paul Lonyangata won his second consecutive Paris marathon. He also caught and passed fellow Kenyan Betsy Saina, the women’s winner, in the last few hundred metres.

Lonyangata finished in 2hr 6min 21sec, while Saina won her race in 2hr 22min 56sec.

The women’s race started 16min 26sec before the men's, the difference in times between the male and female winners last year.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2018-04-08

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