Peter Some Claims Victory At Paris Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 8, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM UTC
Peter Some upset the field to win the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Photo:

Kenyan wasn’t expected to prevail in the French capital.

There were some dramatic upsets at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. In the men’s race, Peter Some broke the finish line tape first with a blazing time of 2:05:38.

Some was able to defeat pre-race favorite Tadese Tola from Ethiopia. For Some, it was a significant achievement since he bettered his previous mark by over 3 minutes.

Tola was the Paris Marathon champion three years ago. He had to fight for second, out-sprinting third-place finisher Eric Ndiema.

Some’s big move in the marathon came at the 30K mark. No one in the lead pack could counter it.

In the women’s race, Boru Tadese of Ethiopia set a new course record in 2:21:06 en route to winning. Merima Mohammed was 2 minutes behind in second, while Kenya’s Eunice Kirwa placed third.

The annual Paris Marathon was a huge success with a record-setting turnout: nearly 50,000 runners took to the streets of the French capital. Conditions were optimal for runners, with mild sunshine and chilly temperatures at the start.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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