Paris Marathon: Kenenisa Bekele Sets Record Finish Time of 2:05.04

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 06:29 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele tore through the Paris Marathon this weekend, breaking the course record with a time of 2:05.04.

Bekele’s time was the sixth-fastest debut time ever, and with Bekele at 31 years of age, it was also the fastest ever by an over-30 athlete.

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That time came in despite Bekele experiencing a hamstring cramp just 5 miles from the end of the Paris Marathon, The Daily Mail said.

British track star Mo Farah will run his debut marathon next week determined to break records and has said his goal when he runs next week is to upset the 1985 British marathon record set by Steve Jones of 2:07.13. Bekele did even better than that.

Farah has been tweeting about his first marathon and the preparations he’s making.

Farah’s goal for his debut marathon and it’s simple: win.

The winning time the past few years has fallen between 2:04 and 2:06.

"Mo is undeniably the best 5K and 10K guy in the world, and he could go into the marathon and run very fast and be only the fourth- or fifth-best guy in the world. That's no good," his U.S. coach Alberto Salazar told Runner's World. "For Mo, we're shooting that he has to be the best in the world. That is a pretty hard test.

Bekele didn’t make the debut marathon look very tough, despite a Runner’s World article that suggested Bekele and Farah both wouldn’t “stun” in their debuts.

“How will Bekele and Farah fare?” wrote Scott Douglas. “While we would love to see amazing debuts by the two track greats, history suggests the more likely result will be solid but not spectacular efforts.”

Douglas’s Runner’s World article came out on Saturday, the day before Bekele nailed his record-breaking time.

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