Ethiopians Tadesse Tola and Atsede Baysa won Paris marathon

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Atsede Bayisa crosses the finishing line to win the Paris marathon in a new record time for the race. Photograph: Lucas Dolega/EPA

Ethiopians Tadesse Tola and Atsede Baysa won the 34th Paris marathon on Sunday.

In just his second marathon, the 22-year-old Tola was the first male runner home in 2hr 06.41min, finishing ahead of Kenyans Alfred Kering and Wilson Kipsang.

Tola left the chasing pack behind four kilometres from the finish line in the race run around the streets of central Paris.

“It’s really satisfying for my second marathon,” said Tola, whose previous outing saw him finish in ninth spot in 2:15.48 in last year’s Chicago marathon.

“From the 38km mark, I felt great and I knew I could win it.”

His time was almost a minute off the course record of 2:05.47 set last year by Kenyan Vincent Kiprop.

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Ethiopian Tadesse Tola approaches the finish line to win the 34th Paris marathon, Sunday April 11, 2010. Tadesse Tola finished in 2hr 06.41min, ahead of Kenyans Alfred Kering and Wilson Kipsang. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Remy de la Mauviniere)

There was a new course record set in the women’s race, however, Baysa clocking 2:22.03 to smash the previous best of 2:23.05 set by Belgian Marlee Renders in 2002.

Second-placed Christelle Daunay also set a new French record, running 2:24.22 to break up an otherwise all-Ethiopian top five.

Results:

Men:

1. Tadesse Tola (ETH) 2hr 06min 41sec, 2. Alfred Kering (KEN) 2:07.11, 3. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:07.13, 4. Benjamin Kiptoo (KEN) 2:08.01, 5. Daniel Kiprugut (KEN) 2:08.29

Women:

1. Atsede Baysa (ETH) 2:22.04, 2. Christelle Daunay (FRA) 2:24.22, 3. Beyene Tsegaye Tirfi (ETH) 2:24.51, 4. Azalech Woldeselasse (ETH) 2:25.34, 5. Gurmu Workitu Ayanu (ETH) 2:29.25.

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