Watch: History Made As Kenyan Couple Win Paris Marathon

Kenya’s Paul Lonyangata won the Paris marathon on Sunday with his wife Purity Rionoripo winning the women’s race.

Lonyangata recorded his biggest career win with a time of two hours, six minutes and 10 seconds, while Rionoripo smashed her personal best by almost four minutes to win the race in two hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds.

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 drugs test .

Sumgong was the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed in Rio last year.


In the true spirit of the city of love, Lonyangata got down on one knee to present his wife with a bouquet of flowers, in front of Paris’ most famous landmark.

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