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Paris Marathon 2011 Results

Paris marathon 2011 was live on satellite TV and the race ended in a familiar pattern. It was a Kenyan one – two finish in both the mens and womens races.

Paris Marathon 2011 Men Results

  1. Benjamin Kiptoo won the race in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 30 seconds.
  2. Bernard Kipyego finished second, in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 15 seconds.

The Kenyan dominance in the mens race was very strong. The seven first places were taken by the Kenyans, 3rd Wendimu 2.07.29, 4th Alfred Kering 2.07.39, 6th Chebogut, 7th Sugut. Very Impresive!

Paris Marathon 2011 Women Results.

  1. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race in 2:22:52
  2. Agnes Kiprop also of Kenya was second.

For Benjamin Kiptoo this was a a new personal best. His previous best was 2:7:17. He has won marathons in Rome, Beijing and Chuncheon, and represented Kenya at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

Paris Marathon 2011 Wheelchair race results

Heinz Frei of Switzerland won the wheelchair race in a time of 1:29:12.

I will keep you posted on best pictures from paris marathon.

Zola Budd Barefoot Running Technique

If Ethiopias’ Abebe Bikila is the god father of barefoot running(He won 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot) then South African Zola Budd is the god mother of barefoot running.

South African running sensation Zola Budd was a die hard devotee of the art of running barefoot. Budd trained and raced barefoot.

In 1984 aged 17 she set a New world record in 5000 meters while running barefoot.

Back then running barefoot was seen as a crazy idea but now experts seem to tell us running barefoot is not a crazy idea after all. In fact that is how we should be running.

From Science daily

Scientists have found that those who run barefoot, or in minimal footwear, tend to avoid “heel-striking,” and instead land on the ball of the foot or the middle of the foot. In so doing, these runners use the architecture of the foot and leg and some clever Newtonian physics to avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.