Veteran Kenyan Komen Wins Athens Marathon- Costas Gelaouzos Finished 3d

first_imgATHENS— John Kipkorir Komen of Kenya held on to narrowly win the 37th Athens Marathon on Sunday.The 42-year-old runner finished in a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 34 seconds, beating Rwanda’s Felicien Muhitira, 17 years his junior, by nine seconds.Greek runner Costas Gelaouzos finished third in 2:19:02.Greece’s Eleftheria Petroulaki won the women’s race in 2:39:00.From left: Felicien Muhitira, John Kipkorir Komen and Costas Gelaouzos. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Panagopoulos Yannis)In the men’s race, Kenyan runners have won the Athens Marathon, run over a hilly and demanding course, 16 times since 2001.A record 20,041 runners lined up at the start in the village of Marathon, near the battlefield where Athenians and their allies beat a far larger Persian army in 490 BC. Legend has it that a messenger who ran the distance to Athens to announce the victory died upon arrival.Kenyan runner John Kipkorir Komen, 42, won the 37th Athens Authentic Marathon on Sunday. (Photo by Eurokinissi)TweetPinShare1010 Shareslast_img read more

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