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Greece: Kenya’s Kandie Breaks Course Record at Athens Marathon

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Felix Kandie

Kenyan runner Felix Kandie broke the course record of Olympic Champion Stefano Baldini at the Athens Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 37 seconds.

According to the online Race News Service, the Kenyan running in warm weather condition, improved the record by 18 seconds and broke his personal best by more than five minutes.

Italian Baldini had won the Olympic gold ten years ago in a time of 2:10:55.

Two time Athens Marathon winner Raymond Bett was second in 2:12:34 while Josphat Chobei completed the Kenyan podium with 2:15:38 for third place.

There were three Kenyans taking the first three places in the women’s race as well.

Naomi Maiyo was the winner with 2:41:06. Defending champion Nancy Rotich followed in 2:41:29 and Linah Chirchir took third with 2:42:41.

The Athens Marathon, which is run on the original course leading from Marathon to the Panathinaikon Stadium in the capital, had a record entry of 13,000 runners.

Photo Credit:  Timesunion.com/AP

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4 Comments

  1. UberChick

    November 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Those racist greeks must be fuming!!!

  2. ATL

    November 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    That little country Kenya has something about it……very small country but it keeps producing world wide Icons, I mean they gave USA their first president Obama literally , and then there was Lupita seventh Black woman to win an Academy Award and the the first African Woman Actress to win an Academy Award phenomenal actress and finally all this long distance runners just winning left and right and setting records , Its like when they do something they do it to perfection. That country has something about it…….

    • T.M

      November 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

      Lol @ that little country, really? Kenya isn’t little. Anyway to add on some more people we have nobel prize winner The late Wangari Mathai, Grammy winner Owuor Arunga. Wonderful holiday destinations that attract people like Naomi Campbell, George Clooney etc. Prince William proposed to Kate in Kenya too

  3. Linah Chirchir

    November 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good job to all finishers!!! that cource is not easy, i thank God…..may God bless you all….

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