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Paris Marathon: 40,000 runners cross the line

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Paris Marathon: 40,000 runners cross the line
Gambian woman Siabatou Sanneh carries a jerrycan of water on her head to raise awareness for the "Water for Africa" charity. Photo: AFP
10:18 CEST+02:00
While most competitors in Sunday's Paris Marathon were racing to the finish, Gambian woman Siabatou Sanneh chose to raise awareness for African water shortages instead, by walking the race with a jerrycan of water on her head.
Korir, 30, who was second in last month's Paris Half-Marathon, came home in an official time of 2hr 05min 49sec, ahead of another Kenyan, Luka Kanda (2:07:20).
   
Seboka Tola of Ethiopia was third, in 2:07.33, with yet another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, fourth.
   
Meseret Mengistu of Ethiopia, a surprise late entry after an invitation from the organisers, won the women's event in 2:23:26.
 

(Mark Korir crosses the finish line. Photo: AFP)
   
Mengistu, 25, shattered her own personal best, the 2:29:22 she ran in 2013.
   
Her compatriot Amane Gobena (2:23:30) was second and Kenya's  Visiline Jepkesho third in 2:24:44.
 
The race saw over 40,000 people cross the finishing line, some of whom took the chance to have their voice heard - including Gambian woman Siabatou Sanneh, pictured below. 
She carried a jerrycan of water on her head while walking the route to raise awareness for the cause of charity "Water for Africa" - pointing out that many people living in Africa must walk great distances each day to obtain drinking water. Runners in the picture above applaud the Gambian woman as they run. 

   
As for the runners, Kigen led the decisive breakaway 10km from home but he was reeled in by Korir, who set off in pursuit and caught him up 5km out in the Bois de Boulogne before streaking away to leave Kigen trailing in behind the first three.
   
"When I saw the others accelerate between 25km and 30km, I just kept the same rhythm without looking to follow them," Korir said
   
He explained: "The first half of the race was run at a slowish pace, so that meant I could accelerate whenever I wanted to."
   
Korir is only the fifth man to run under 2hr 06min in the French capital.
 
   
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele set the race record of 2:05:04 last year, beating the 2:05:10 run by Kenya's Stanley Biwott in 2012.
   
Kenyans Peter (2:05.37 in 2013) and Vincent Kipruto (2:05:47 in 2009), have also broken the 2:06 barrier.
 
 
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