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IN PICTURES: Paris bathed in sunshine for annual marathon

It was a beautiful day for a marathon on Sunday. Here are some of the best snaps.

IN PICTURES: Paris bathed in sunshine for annual marathon
All photos: AFP
Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris marathon on Sunday with his wife Purity Rionoripo tying up the women's race to make it a memorable day out for the Kenyan couple in the French capital.
   
Lonyangata recorded his biggest career win in a time of two hours six minutes and 10 seconds despite losing valuable time when doubling back after missing the penultimate water station.
 
   
His compatriot, pre-race favourite Stephen Chebogut, came in second at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego completing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec.
   
“I feel good now as my aim was to come here to win,” said Lonyangata who was going one better after taking second in the Paris half-marathon in March.
 
Here's a look at the day in pictures. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Paris marathon to take place amid tight security

Given the terror threat and what happened in Boston, security will be a high priority for the Paris marathon on Sunday.

Paris marathon to take place amid tight security
Photo: AFP

Faced with the threat of terrorism, security has been “considerably strengthened” ahead of the Paris Marathon on Sunday,
organisers said.

“In recent weeks we have had regular meetings with the Prefecture of Police in Paris, and we can say that security has been considerably strengthened,” said marathon director Edouard Cassignol on Thursday.

“Safety is a major concern today, and security is the responsibility of state authorities. It is up to the Prefecture of Police to manage security for the marathon.”

On Sunday nearly 50,000 people are expected to take part in the marathon that crosses Paris from east to west, from the Bois de Vincennes to the Bois de Boulogne.

Thousands of spectators will also be lining the roads in the French capital.

Race organisers declined to elaborate on the arrangements put in place for security reasons.

“We can't say much more, we have a commitment not to disclose the details of the plans because confidentiality ensures full efficiency,” said Cassignol.

However, he did add: “We will increase the number of security guards and bolster bag searches, both in terms of resources and materials, as staff will be equipped with metal detectors.

“We will also have people who are trained to spot any abnormal behaviour, and we have briefed our 3,000 volunteers on being vigilant on the day.”

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