20 Kilomètres de Paris

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20 Kilomètres de Paris
Eiffel tower from trocadero.jpg
The start point is near the Eiffel Tower
Date October
Location Paris, France
Event type Road
Distance 20 km
Established 1979
Official site 20kmParis

The 20 Kilomètres de Paris (Paris 20 km) is an annual road running competition over 20 kilometres which takes place on the streets of Paris, France in October. First held in 1979, the race attracts top level international competitors and holds IAAF Bronze Label Road Race status.[1]

The competition was the idea of Michel Jazy, a French runner who was an Olympic medallist and two-time European Champion. The first edition was held through a joint effort by the Council of Paris and ASCAIR (the French Airforce's body for sport). The race has been organised under the auspices of ASCAIR since then.[2]

The course for the competition has a double looped, figure 8 style. The start point of the race is in the Trocadéro near the Eiffel Tower and runners then cross the River Seine over the Pont d'Iéna. It heads in an anti-clockwise loop through Bois de Boulogne before completing a smaller, clockwise loop along the banks of the Seine. The finish point is the Musée du quai Branly.[3] The original race distance was 20.3 km, but this was reduced to 20 km in 1981. As a result of poor race organisation at the starting point, athlete's times from 1981 to 1992 are not accepted for record purposes; unusually quick times were recorded as some runners began the race a whole minute before the official starter's gun had been fired.[4]

The men's and women's course records for the 20 km race are held by Kenyan athletes: Evans Cheruiyot completed the distance in 57:19 minutes in 2005 and Sarah Chepchirchir's time of 1:05:03 hours was set in 2013.[4]

The race organisers abide by their own charter of ethics which – aside from outlining typical races rules and safety issues – includes the aims of increasing inclusion of women in the sport of running and promotion of environmentally friendly attitudes.[5]

Past winners[edit]

Elite level runners competing at the 2004 edition
Scene of the mass amateur race in 2004

Key:   Course record   Timings invalid (False start or short course)

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 1979  Bram Wassenaar (NED) 1:01:30  Chantal Navarro (FRA) 1:11:29
2nd 1980  Mike McLeod (GBR) 1:02:53  Joëlle Audibert (FRA) 1:16:00
3rd 1981  Radhouane Bouster (FRA) 57:35  Annick Loir (FRA) 1:09:58
4th 1982  Jacques Boxberger (FRA) 57:47  Paula Fudge (GBR) 1:06:19
5th 1983  Thierry Watrice (FRA) 57:15  Joëlle Debrouwer (FRA) 1:07:14
6th 1984  Pierre Levisse (FRA) 57:22  Sally-Ann Hales (GBR) 1:08:20
7th 1985  Colin Moore (GBR) 55:51  Sue Crehan (GBR) 1:06:21
8th 1986  Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) 57:19  Maria Rebelo (FRA) 1:06:34
9th 1987  Cor Lambregts (NED) 59:31  Agnes Pardaens (BEL) 1:08:39
10th 1988  Pierre Levisse (FRA) 59:33  Maria Rebelo (FRA) 1:09:44
11th 1989  António Pinto (POR) 58:46  Rosa Mota (POR) 1:06:37
12th 1990  Mohammed Mourhit (BEL) 59:15  Dominique Rembert (FRA) 1:10:48
13th 1991  António Pinto (POR) 59:28  Natalia Artyemova (RUS) 1:09:37
14th 1992  Paul Arpin (FRA) 57:20  Nadezhda Ilyina (RUS) 1:09:34
15th 1993  Said Ermilli (MAR) 58:40  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:06:37
16th 1994  Salah Hissou (MAR) 58:20  Iulia Negura (ROM) 1:08:04
17th 1995  Kenneth Cheruiyot (KEN) 58:45  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:07:26
18th 1996  Elarbi Khattabi (MAR) 58:22  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:07:33
19th 1997  John Gwako (KEN) 57:35  Cristina Pomacu (ROM) 1:07:15
20th 1998  Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 57:46  Hellen Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:06:21
21st 1999  Domingos Castro (POR) 57:54  Berhane Adere (ETH) 1:06:36
22nd 2000  Francis Wachira (KEN) 59:35  Hellen Kimutai (KEN) 1:05:28
23rd 2001  Philippe Remond (FRA) 1:02:17  Chantal Dallenbach (FRA) 1:10:50
24th 2002  Robert Cheruiyot (KEN) 57:38  Jeļena Prokopčuka (LAT) 1:06:44
25th 2003  Sammy Chumba (KEN) 58:26  Mestawet Tufa (ETH) 1:06:29
26th 2004  Sammy Chumba (KEN) 59:36  Linah Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:07:36
27th 2005  Evans Cheruiyot (KEN) 57:19  Dire Tune (ETH) 1:08:17
28th 2006  John Kyui (KEN) 59:23  Florence Chepkirui (KEN) 1:10:52
29th 2007  Musau Mwanzia (KEN) 58:07  Meriem Wangari (KEN) 1:07:35
30th 2008  Sammy Kitwara (KEN) 57:42  Meriem Wangari (KEN) 1:08:05
31st 2009  Dieudonné Disi (RWA) 59:33  Meriem Wangari (KEN) 1:05:30
32nd 2010  John Mwangangi (KEN) 58:09  Rose Chelimo (KEN) 1:07:27
33rd 2011  John Mwangangi (KEN) 58:11  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:06:04
34th 2012  Ezechiel Nizigiymana (BDI) 58:12  Cynthia Jerotich (KEN) 1:05:36
35th 2013  Tebalu Zawude (ETH) 58:07  Sarah Chepchirchir (KEN) 1:05:03
36th 2014  Muhajir Hiredin (ETH) 58:28  Rose Chelimo (KEN) 1:05:01
37th 2015  Stephen Ogari (KEN) 59:11  Nancy Kimaiyo (KEN) 1:06:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-10-09). Mwangangi and Chepchirchir triumph in Paris 20Km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-23.
  2. ^ The History of The Race. 20kmParis. Retrieved on 2011-10-23.
  3. ^ Interactive Map. 20kmParis. Retrieved on 2011-10-23.
  4. ^ a b Festou, Michel et al (2011-10-11). Paris 20 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-10-23.
  5. ^ Charter of Ethics. 20kmParis. Retrieved on 2011-10-23.
List of winners

External links[edit]