28 SEP 2009 General News

El Hachimi crushes Paris-Versailles course record

Mohamed El Hachimi (l) of Morocco and Surrendra Singh of India in Beijing (Getty Images)Mohamed El Hachimi (l) of Morocco and Surrendra Singh of India in Beijing (Getty Images) © Copyright

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