Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the Paris marathon, clocking two hours six minutes and 10 seconds over 42.195km on a bright morning on Sunday. His wife Purity Rionoripo made it a memorable family day out in the French capital by clinching the women’s race.
Lonyangata pulled clear when his compatriot Stephen Chebogut, who started with the best personal best of the field, cracked with 5.7km left.
The couple’s success put a smile back on the face of Kenyan athletics 48 hours after the shock news of Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s failed dope test.
Sumgong was the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed in Rio last year.
The 24-year-old Lonyangata, a winner of the Lisbon and Shanghai marathons, beat his personal best by almost a minute.