Kenya’s Samuel Kalalei won the 35th edition of the Athens Marathon that was held on Sunday (12) at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Kalalei beat a strong field that included Milton Rotich who was the fastest runner on paper with 2:08.55 that he got at the 2013 Casablanca marathon.
The 23 year-old who came with a personal best of 2:11.46 that he got last year at the Stockholm Marathon led a 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish when he cut the tape in 2:12.17 failing to break the course record of 2:10.37 that was set by Felix Kandie from Kenya in 2014.
“Am grateful to God for enabling me to win this race though not with best time but when given another chance will try and chase the course record,” said Kalalei.
Kalalei was followed two minutes later by Rotich with Jonathan Kiptoo coming in third place with 2:16.08.
The Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) once again a record entry to report. “The Athens Marathon is legend and history in one as well as an international festival of athletics and culture,” said Kostas Panagopoulos, President of SEGAS.
1. Samuel Kalalei (KEN) 2:12.17
2. Milton Rotich (KEN) 2:14.18
3. Jonathan Kiptoo (KEN) 2:16.08