Greek Sweep in Athens Marathon

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – For a change, a Greek won his country’s marathon as Christoforos Merousis finished first on Nov. 8 with a time of 2:21:22 as Japan’s Minori Hayakari won the women’s race in 2:52.06.Merousis had finished high in previous Athens Marathon races and is the national champion. To make it an even better day, another Greek, Dimitris Theodorakakos, was second at 2:27:03 and Dimosthenis Evangelidis third 25 second later for a Greek sweep.Hayakari, 43, beat Greek champion Ourania Rempouli, who finished second in 2:54.32 and Magda Gazea in third with 2:55.35.In the 10k race Costas Gelaouzos won for the second year in a row, with Christos Boudoulis second, while Anastasia Karakatsani won the women’s category for a fourth consecutive year, ahead of the Czech Republic’s Moira Stevartova.The results were dampened, however, by a weak field as budget cuts meant that the Greek sports federation SEGAS couldn’t afford to invite top runners but the event still drew more than 43,000 runners, an all-time record for the Athens Marathon.last_img read more

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