A half-marathon is therefore half a marathon: 42.195 km divided by two gives 21.0975 km. This Sunday, it is the distance that some 40,000 runners will swallow from the Pont de Sully (Paris V) to the Bastille (IV) after a long hook in the alleys of the Bois de Vincennes.
The best, like the Frenchman Jimmy Gressier, will take a little over an hour to reach the two points. Don’t try to be like them: running at 19-20 km/h for an hour is a challenge reserved for a handful of champions on this earth. The others will take the time…necessary to complete the distance.
For his half-marathon debut, the Boulonnais Jimmy Gressier hit hard again by taking 3rd place in the Paris race in 59’55. He is only the second athlete in the history of the French team to have gone so fast and Morhad Amdouni’s 59’40 are already in his sights.
Olympic finalist in the 5,000m, after the European record in Monaco on February 12, Gressier (25) becomes the third fastest Frenchman over the distance (21.0975 km) after Julien Wanders (59′ 13”), who represents Switzerland in international competition, and Morhad Amdouni (59′ 40”).
Hassan Chahdi finished just behind Gressier in 1:01:29. Yoann Kowal is 7th in 1h03’54. Benjamin Choquert 8th in 1h04’25. Finally, Faustin Guigon and Alexis Turpin complete the Top 10 in 1h04’33 and 1h05’41 (personal best).
The women’s race was won by Kenyan Sheila Chepkurui (1:06). She also set the new race record. She is ahead of her compatriot Marion Kibor (1h06’45) and the Ethiopian Betelihem Yemer (1h06’46). First Frenchwoman Anaïs Quemener finished 7th in 1h11’59 (new personal best). Marjolaine Nicolas and Léa Navarro are 9th and 10th in 1h13’20 and 1h14’03. Both also broke their record.
Gold and silver are won by Kenyans for both men and women.
Bronze goes to Frenchman Jimmy Gressier in the men’s category, and in the women’s to Betelihem Yemer of Egyptian origin.
1 – Roncer Kipkorir (KEN) in 59’38
2 – Josphat Chumo (KEN) in 59’53
3 – Jimmy Gressier in 59’55
4 – Hassan Chahdi in 1h 01’29
1 – Sheila Chepkurui (KEN) in 1h 06′
2 – Marion Kibor (KEN) in 1h06’45
3 – Betelihem Yemer in 1h06’46
4 – Nelly Jepchumba in 1h07’00
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