Bekele’s time is the sixth fastest marathon debut time ever and the fastest ever time to complete a marathon by an athlete over 30 years of age.
Having won many previous global titles, the Paris Marathon is the first road running race that Bekele has competed in. His record breaking time is also significantly quicker than the race time Olympic athlete Mo Farah is aiming for at the London Marathon, which is taking place next week.
Many athletes, supporters, and spectators travelled to Paris to take part and support loved ones in the event, joining those admiring the city on the indulgent river cruise.
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