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Kalelei wins 35. Athens Marathon, two Greeks among the top 10

Kenya’s Samuel Kalalei finished in the first place at the 35th Athens Marathon at Panathenaikon stadium in Athens, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Kalalei has won the Athens Marathon, beating compatriot Milton Rotich by just over two minutes.

Samuel Kalalei broke away from the pre-race favorite Rotich after the 35-kilometer mark to win the hilly course in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 17 seconds. Rotich placed second in 2:14:18 and Jonathan Kiptoo was third in 2:16:08.

Two more Kenyans rounded out the top 5, continuing their dominance of the race in recent years.

The first Greek runner to finish was Konstantinos Gkelaouzos with 2:27-21.

He was followed by Hristoforos Merousis with 2:28:19. They occupied the 8th and 9th position respectively.

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The women’s race was much tighter, with 18-year-old Ethiopian Bedaru Badane winning in 2:34:18, beating Kenya’s Alice Kibor Jepkemboi by four seconds. Last year’s winner, Nancy Arusei of Kenya, was third in 2:34:51.

The first Greek woman to finish was Rania Rembouli with 2:49:05

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  1. I’ve met Mr. Gkelaouzos the first Greek Finisher. He is a true gentleman, mild mannered and extremely fast and full of endurance. He amazed us fans also at the PanHellenic championships in the past as well.