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Kenya's Korir, Ethiopia's Mengistu win Paris Marathon 2015

Mark Korir of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the 39th Paris Marathon in Paris Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Kenyan and Ethiopian runners were the stars of the 39th Paris Marathon, which took place in the French capital on Sunday.

Kenyan runners dominated the men’s section of this year’s Paris marathon as Mark Korir and fellow countryman Luka Kanda finished 1-2 in the prestigious event on Sunday.

Seboka Tola of Ethiopia was third, while yet another Kenyan, Mike Kigen, finished in fourth place.

The 30-year old Korir, who had finished second in last month's Paris Half Marathon, clocked a time of 2hr 05min 46sec.

Though Korir finished under the 2hr 06min mark, becoming the fifth runner to do so, he fell short of beating the race record set by Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele last year. Bekele had clocked 2:05:04.

In the women’s section, Ethiopia stamped its authority with Meseret Mengistu and her compatriot Amane Gobena taking the top two slots while Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho finished third.

The 25 year old Mengitsu came home in 2 hours 23 minutes and 24 seconds beating her own personal best of 2:29:22 which she clocked in 2013.