Merousis wins Athens Marathon for third consecutive year
Marathon runner Christoforos Merousis on Sunday emerged victorious for the third consecutive year, finishing first in the 33rd Athens Authentic Marathon men’s race with a time of 2:21.22. The gold in the women’s race went to Minori Hayakari from Japan, who beat local competition to come first with a time of 2:52.06.
Silver in the men’s race went to Dimitris Theodorakakos, who earned his ninth medal in the Athens marathon with a time of 2:27.03, while Dimosthenis Evangelidis finished third with a time of 2:27.28.
Fourth to arrive at the Panathenian ‘Kallimarmaro’ Stadium in the men’s race were Georgios Karavidas (2:30.41), followed by Michail Kalomoiris (2:31.39) and Kiriakos Simiriotis (2:32.10).
Other medallists in the women’s race were Greek runner Ourania Rempouli in second place (2:54.32) and Magda Gazea from Greece in third (2:55.35), earning her a 12 medal in the Athens marathon.
Fourth in the women’s category was Konstantina Stefanopoulou (2:59.08), followed by Gloria Priviletzio (3:02.01) and Georgia Louvi (3:04.32).
A total of 43,000 runners took part in the race, which follows the classic route from the ancient battlefield of Marathon to the centre of Athens, covering a distance of 42,195 metres.
According to an announcement by race organisers, 19 participants in the race had to be admitted to hospital during the course of the race, of which 15 have been discharged. Four remain hospitalised in the Evangelismos Hospital cardiac arrest ward.
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