Kenyans stand victorious on the podium at the end of the Paris marathon on Sunday.
Paul Lonyangata becomes the first man to win the title back-to-back in 28 years.
“I won last year, I (have) won this year. I think this is a very good time for me,” a jubilant Lonyangata said.
Today I proved it was my distance and I'm really glad I won today. It's a pleasure!
He retained his title by winning the race in 2 hours 6 minutes and 25 seconds according to official results. His compatriot Betsy Saina, won the women’s category in 2 hours 22 min 56 seconds.
“I did my first marathon in Tokyo and I didn’t finish it. Just like New York. This was my third attempt. Today I proved it was my distance and I’m really glad I won today. It’s a pleasure,” Saina enthused.
In order to have a joint arrival, the organizers had scheduled delayed starts: with the the women starting 16 minutes and 26 seconds ahead of the men. This was the difference between the best times for men and women in 2017