Press release 11 mars 2007, download here (.doc, 254 ko)
NEW EVENT RECORD
1:00:22 For Kenyan Joseph MAREGU
Best Time Ever for Half-Marathon on the French Soil
The Esplanade of the Château de Vincennes was overcrowded for the start of the 15th edition of the Paris Half-Marathon. At 10:00, on the Daumesnil Avenue, Miss Michèle Blumenthal, mayor of the 12th district of Paris and event director Joël Lainé launched this new edition. Almost 19,000 runners (23,000 registered) took the start of this 21.097-km race through Paris. The sun was shinning and the weather was ideal for those who were striving for a great achievement.
The elite runners seemed decided to perform, taking off at a fast pace. The leading group including three athletes (Mubarak Shami of Qatar, followed by two Kenyans : Joseph Maregu and Denis N’Diso) continued at a decent rhythm making it to the 3km mark in 8 minutes 29 seconds. Then, Mubarak Shami failed to keep up with the African duo.
At the 8km mark, Joseph Maregu attacked and became the undisputed leader of the 15th Paris Half-Marathon. Running at a constant but high pace, he clinched the race, establishing a new event record : 1:00:22 (Km5 - 13:58 / Km10 – 28:02 / Km15 – 42:38 / Km20 – 57:13).
At the rear, the chasing group (Shami Mubarak, Raji Assefa, Shadrack Kiplagat and Abdellah Falil) couldn’t catch up with the leader. In the last kilometre, Shadrack Kiplagat captured second spot in 1:00:35, followed by the Ethiopian Raji Assefa (1:00:43). The best French runner ; Brahim Lahlafi, finished sixth, completing the course in 1:01:00.
Concerning the women’s race, Caroline Kwambai also managed a fine performance with a final time of 1:10:26. Finishing just behind was Ethiopia’s Ayelech Worku (1:11:02), who had fallen at the 14km mark. Third spot on the podium went to France’s Fatiha Klilech Fauvel (1:11:20).
The first Half-Marathon in France when it comes to the number of participants, this race proved to be a perfect preparation before the big date of the 15th of April when the runners will find themselves on the Champs-Elysées to celebrate the 31st edition of the Paris Marathon.