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Kenenisa Bekele run the fastest marathon by men over the age of 40 

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Kenenisa Bekele during the London Marathon. He is now the record holder for the fastest marathon by men over the age of 40 (Photo : FBC)

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Toronto – One of Ethiopia’s long distance running legends Kenenisa Bekele run the fastest marathon by men over the age of 40.  

He finished second at the London Marathon on Sunday. It took him 2:04:15 to cross the finishing line. World Athletics recorded his time as  “the fastest time ever by an athlete over the age of 40.”

According to a World Athletics report, Kenenisa was running along with Kenyan Athlete Munyao until about 1:55 hours. He attempted to catch up but Munyao was able to maintain his lead and managed to finish  in 2:04:01 hours – just 11 seconds ahead of Kenenisa.  He is a double Olympic Champion in 5000 and 10000 meters. 

British Athlete Emile Cairess finished third in 2:06:46 hours -more than two and half minutes behind Kenenisa. 

The men’s result at the London Marathon is as follows :

1 Alexander Mutiso Munyao (KEN) 2:04:01
2 Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:04:15
3 Emile Cairess (GBR) 2:06:46
4 Mahamed Mahamed (GBR) 2:07:05
5 Hassan Chahdi (FRA) 2:07:30
6 Henok Tesfay (ERI) 2:09:22
7 Hendrik Pfeiffer (GER) 2:10:00
8 Kinde Atanaw (ETH) 2:10:03
9 Johannes Motschmann (GER) 2:10:39
10 Brian Schrader (USA) 2:10:50

In the women’s category, World Marathon record holder Tigist Assefa finished second behind Kenyan Athlete Peres Jepchirchir  finishing the distance in 2:16:16. Tigist clocked 2:16:23. 

Another Ethiopian athlete Megertu Alemu finished fourth in 2:16:34. 

The woman’s category result is as follows :

1 Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:16:16
2 Tigist Assefa (ETH) 2:16:23
3 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 2:16:24
4 Megertu Alemu (ETH) 2:16:34
5 Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:19:02
6 Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 2:19:31
7 Tigist Ketema (ETH) 2:23:21
8 Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 2:23:26
9 Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:24:36
10 Tsige Haileslase (ETH) 2:25:03

Source : World Athletics : https://worldathletics.org/news/report/peres-jepchirchir-women-world-marathon-record-london 

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