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Athens Classic Marathon: Still Going Strong

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 29, 2010
  • Updated Oct. 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM UTC

The 2,500-year anniversary of the world’s first marathon will take place on Sunday. Not surprisingly, the expected winner isn’t Greek.

A strong international field is expected for the Athens Classic Marathon. Highlighting the men’s field in the anniversary race is the Kenyan, Jonathon Kipkorir, a 2:07 marathoner.

“The organizers would like us the go for the course record [Baldini’s gold medal 2:10:55 in 2004], and if the weather is good, then maybe we can go out in 65-66 (mins, for halfway). I know I’m favourite, but anyone who can run 2:10 is a potential winner,” Kipkorir said.

Two Russians and one Japanese runner are vying for the top spot in the women’s race. The 2006 European Championship bronze medalist Irina Permitina, Prague Marathon winner Olga Glok  and Eri Hayakawa are the pre-race favorites.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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