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Will Bekeles break the course record in the Paris Marathon?

The first major European spring marathon will start on Sunday in Paris. In line with the 40th anniversary of the race, the organizers recorded a record number of 57,000 runners.

This means that the Paris Marathon is certainly the largest European race over the classic distance this year as well.

The French also want to be at the forefront when it comes to top-class sport. On the route, which is not that fast, there have been five times less than 2:06 hours. Two years ago, Ethiopia's 5,000 and 10,000 m world record holder Kenenisa Bekele set the still valid course record of 2:05:04 hours on his marathon debut.

Last year's winner Mark Korir is one of those athletes who could undercut the course record. The Kenyan rose to 2:05:49 in Paris in 2015. His compatriot Bernard Koech already ran under 2:05. He has a best time of 2:04:53, which is now a good three years old.

In addition to Laban Korir (Kenya / best time: 2:06:05), the Ethiopians Abraham Feleke (2:06:13) and Seboka Tola (2:06:17) should be noted. In addition, the former 10 km world record holder Micah Kogo (Kenya) takes another attempt to establish himself at the top of the international marathon. So far he has reached 2:06:56, most recently he ran the Frankfurt Marathon in 2:10:24.

Last year's winner is also starting again for women - and she is also the second fastest in the field based on her best time: Meseret Mengistu won the race a year ago in 2:23:26. Georgina Rono (Kenya) starts with a personal record of 2:21:39.

In the comparatively not so strong women's field there are five runners who have already run under 2:26 hours. The course record of Feyse Tadese (Ethiopia) has been 2:21:06 since 2013.

Both defending champions at the Prague Half Marathon

The Prague Half Marathon will take place on Saturday, which has seen a number of high-class times in recent years. At the start, the Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru and the Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa are both defending champions.

Degefa, who recently won 67:08 minutes on the non-record-breaking route of the Rome-Ostia Half Marathon, is the clear favorite of the women's race. It will be much more difficult for Daniel Wanjiru to defend his title in Prague. Abraham Cheroben is the favorite. The Kenyan has been one of the best half marathon runners in the world in recent years and has a best time of 58:48 minutes.