I was just checking the results from 2012 Paris marathon and results of South African Runner Hendrick Ramala caught my attention, I will get back to that later.
Kenyan runner Stanley Biwott won the men’s 2012 Paris marathon on Sunday in a record time of 2hrs 05 min 12 sec. This was a second win this year in the streets of Paris by Biwott. He also came first in Paris Half marathon.
Biwott broke away from the leading pack at the 30km mark and crossed the finish line more than a minute ahead of Ethiopian duo Raji Assefa and Sisay Jisa.
Women Winner 2012 Paris Marathon
In the women’s race Ethiopia’s Tirfi Beyene came motored home first in a new record time for the Paris renewal of 2hrs 21min 39sec. Beyene came home ahead of Turkey’s Sultan Haydar (2hr 25:09.) and Ethiopia’s Makda Harun (2hr 26:46).
Paris Marathon Runner Motoring In Streets of Paris.
Hendrick Ramala Paris Marathon
The 40 year old South African long distance runner was gunning for a place in South Africa Olympic squad but his goal fell apart when he finished 33rd in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 57.
“It’s all over, I was messed up by the weather.
It is extremely cold here,” said Ramaala soon after crossing the finish line.
“I’m not disappointed because I gave it my best shot – it was worth trying.
“But this is not the end of my athletics career, I will continue running to support my family. Athletics is my career.
“I have decided to take a week’s break before I can go back to the road,” said Ramaala. Story from Sowetan
I think Ramala is pushing his luck too far. Younger and faster runners are coming from Kenya and Ethiopia and it is now impossible for a 40 year old compete with them.