The cold and rain in Greece on Sunday did not pose a threat to the thousands of Greek and foreign contestants who this year decided to run in the 29th Classic Athens Marathon.
This year’s winner is none other than Morroco’s own Abdelkerim Boubker who finished the race in 2 hrs 11mins and 40 secs, with two Kenyans claiming second and third place, or Sami Tsuba and his compatriot Daniel Diritu, respectively.
The first Greek athlete to finish the race was Demetris Theodorakakos, who came in 7th place, but he was not able to break the Pan-Hellenic record of Spyros Andriopoulos. Following this, Yiorgos Karavissas came in 8th place with 2hrs 26 mins and 5 secs and the Demos Evanghelidis finished the race in 9th place with 2 hrs 26 mins and 9 secs.
Elfense Melaku from Ethiopia was the first woman to finish the race in 2 hrs 35 mins and 25 secs, followed by Kamila Kanipova from Russia with 2hrs 35 mins and 31 secs and Tunisian Amira Ben Amor with 2hrs 42mins and 15secs finished in third place. From Greece the first female athlete to cross the finish line was Sofia Riga who came fifth with 2hrs 45mins and 43secs, followed by Denise Demaki with 2hrs 54mins and 21secs and Demetra Iordanidou with 2hrs 55mins and 55 secs.
In a very difficult period for our country, SEGAS, a sports federation, decided to show to the world that Greece may be going through difficult times but does not lose the values that carry through its history and its culture!
After concerted efforts of the President of SEGAS, UNESCO, the largest international supporter of the United Nations, is now a supporter of the Athens Classic Marathon.
In the agreement signed in Paris by UNESCO and its 193 member countries, UNESCO decided to support the efforts of our country, recognizing the Athens Classic Marathon not only as a premier sporting event but as a worldwide historical and cultural event, a bridge that connects the past with the present. The participation of 20,000 runners from 96 different countries, the interest of top celebrities and international media puts Greece on the spot of the world, giving to our country, global visibility and revenues exceeding 20,000,000 Euros based on last year’s data.
This year’s Athens Classic Marathon becomes an international event. Following last year’s anniversary of the 2,500 years from the Battle of Marathon, SEGAS decided to utilize and extend this legacy, linking this year’s event with values like social cohesion, the power of human will and solidarity. These values that emerge through the Athens Classic Marathon are denatured into an act through SEGAS’ extensive social responsibility program that has been developed by the Federation over the last four(4)years.