37 thousand runners from 94 countries to run Sunday's Paris Marathon
Posted Apr 13 2009 11:02pm
More than 31 per cent of those registered are from
outside France and among the 11,500 foreign runner' s the biggest convoy 5000 hails
from Great Britain, with 17.5 percent women participants.
The organizers expect more than 200,000
spectators to gather along the nice and historical course to cheer one of the
biggest gathering of marathoners in the world today.
The Paris Marathon is not just known for its
beautiful course but also for inspiring athletes to give their best, the
quality of the contest can be gauged from the fact that last year the race witnessed
a special record where top 12 athletes finished with sub 2:10 times.
The organizers expect a similar contest this
year as well.
The French hopes will ride on veteran Driss
El-Himer, who has a personal best of 2:06:48 and Kenyan-born Simon Munyutu
The traditionally strong Kenyan armada is heading
by 2nd placer from last year Chicago and Hamburg - David Mandago (2:07:23)
together with Boniface Usisivu (2:07:50), Reims winner David Kiyeng (2:07:53),
Shadrack Kiplagat (2:07:53) and Eindhoven winner Philip Singoei (2:07:57).
Among the 15 runners, who have entered the race,
with a personal best of under 2:10 will be hero of 2004 Athens Olympic marathon
Brazilian Vanderlei Lima (bronze holder) and Ethiopian Eshetu Wondimu, who has
had the fastest time this year clocking 2:08:41 in January during the Dubai
Among the debutants, the prominent names are Kenyan
Francis Kibiwott (HM best 59:26), Ethiopian Raji Assefa (27:15 10 k track
runner from 2007) and best athlete of Rwanda Dieudonne Disi.
The second placer at the 2008 Paris Marathon Ethiopian
Worknesh Tola (2:25:37), will once again be the top name in the women' s category
along with her team-mate Eyrusalem Kuma (2:26:51, sixth this year in Dubai).
Julia Muraga with 2:26:00 last year in Osaka is
the top Kenyan name.
Among European runners, Russian Natalya Volgina
(2:27:32) and French record holder Christelle Daunay (2:28:22), will be the top
medal hopes. Last year Half-marathon world silver winner in Rio de Janeiro
Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia will debut at the distance, she also clocked 1:07:48
this year to be second in Ras-Al-Khamiah race.
The winner will take home a booty of €50,000.
For more info please visit: European Athletics HERE.