Hillary Kipkogei Yego claims Athens classic marathon

Sunday November 10 2013

Kenya's Hillary Kipkogei Yego (C) poses on the podium after winning the 31st Athens classic marathon, in a time of 2:13.59, ahead of Dickson Kimeli (L) who clocked 2:14.40 and Kipkorir Rutoh (R) who took third at 2:14.47, in Athens on November 10, 2013. PHOTO / AFP

Kenya's Hillary Kipkogei Yego (C) poses on the podium after winning the 31st Athens classic marathon, in a time of 2:13.59, ahead of Dickson Kimeli (L) who clocked 2:14.40 and Kipkorir Rutoh (R) who took third at 2:14.47, in Athens on November 10, 2013. PHOTO / AFP AFP

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ATHENS

Kenya's Hillary Kipkogei Yego won the 31st Athens classic marathon on Sunday in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and 59 seconds.

The 33-year-old Yego was followed across the finish line by three of his countrymen.

In second came Dickson Kimeli who clocked 2:14.40, David Kipkorir Rutoh took third at 2:14.47 and Paul Kibet Kosgei filled fourth at 2:16.58.

"It was the first time that I participated in the Athens classic marathon. I am very happy that I managed to achieve my personal best time. The weather conditions were very good," Yego said.

The women's race was won by another Kenyan, 26-year-old Nancy Joan Rotich in a time of 2:41.38. She finished 19th overall.

Some 17,000 runners from 102 countries took part in the classic marathon which began just a short distance from the tumulus erected for the Greek dead of the battle of Marathon and finishing at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

According to legend, the 42 kilometre distance from Marathon to Athens was first run by Pheidippides, an Athenian messenger who in 490 BC dashed to the democratic city states of Athens and Platea to announce victory of the citizen soldiers of Athens over soldiers of the Persian empire, before dying of exhaustion.