Mohamed El Hachimi (l) of Morocco and Surrendra Singh of India in Beijing (Getty Images) © Copyright
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El Hachimi crushes Paris-Versailles course record

Mohamed El Hachimi of Morocco broke the course record at the 32nd edition of the Paris-Versailles on Sunday (27).

El Hachimi, 29, covered the 16.3 kilometre course in 46:04, smashing the previous course record of 26:38 set by Kenyan Joseph Maregu in 2007.

El Hachimi, who is based in Marseille and has a Marathon best of 2:10:24 from his fifth place finish in Vienna earlier this year, created a 300 metre gap on the chase pack after five kilometres and was never threatened. He held on to win by more than two minutes. Dieudonne Disi of Rwanda was a distant second clocking 48:01.

In the women's contest, Meriam Wangari of Kenya won for the third consecutive year, clocking 55:00, to match an earlier streak set by her compatriot Isabella Ochichi from 2000 to 2002. She won by more than a minute-and-a-half over Sarah Chepchirchir.

Organisers and Bob Ramsak for the IAAF