Kenyan power couple to return home Sh12m richer
The new sports power couple will return home at least Sh12 million richer after winning Paris marathon on Sunday.
It was a fairy tale for Paul Lonyangata and his wife Purity Rionoripo who both stormed into the finish lines of their respective races to bag at least Sh6.3 million ($63,000) each, Paris marathon’s first prize.
In order to claim your prize , you not only have to finish first, but also must meet a time requirement; the champion male runner must complete the race in under 2hr 11min 45sec, and the top female needs a time under 2:23:15, according to runinfinity.com.
Lonyangata, 25, recorded his biggest career win in a time of two 2hr 6min 10sec, while Rionoripo, 23, managed 2hr 20min 50sec.
“It’s great for my wife, I’m very proud of her,” said Lonyangata.
“I’m so happy, it’s a great day for me to win and to beat my personal best,” added Rionoripo.
A photograph later showed Lonyangata on one knee presenting a bouquet of flowers to Rionoripo.
In the men’s race, Stephen Chebogut came in second at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego completing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec.
In the women’s race Rionoripo was followed across the line by her compatriot Agnes Barsosio at 2hr 21:02 with Flomena Cheyech (2hr 21:23.) completing the podium.