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Panathinaikos’ Gelaouzos Wins First Post-Pandemic Athens Marathon (Photos)

November 14, 2021

ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ runner Costas Gelaouzos won the 38th Athens Marathon in 2 hours 16 minutes 49 seconds on Sunday leading a sweep of the podium places by home competitors.

The runner up, Panagiotis Bourikas, was more than five minutes behind, in 2:22:33, followed by Haralambos Pitsolis in 2:24:05

Greece’s Gloria-Tziovana Privilegio won the women’s race in 2:41:30, nearly seven minutes ahead of her closest rival. She was 23rd overall.

Panagiotis Bourikas of Greece finishes in second place during the 38th Athens Marathon, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. The race resumed this year after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The race resumed this year after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

There were 9,558 runners registered to line up at the start in the village of Marathon, less than half the record 20,041 who ran in the previous race in 2019. And there was a notable absence of elite international athletes.

Gelaouzos, 31, had finished 3rd in 2019. This time, he set a personal best for this particular race, where times are slowed by the demanding, hilly course.

The course record, 2:10:34 is held by Kenya’s Felix Kipchirchir Kandie, set in 2014. Kenyan runners have won the race 16 times since 2001.

Greece’s Gloria-Tziovana Privilegio celebrate winning the 38th Athens Marathon women’s race, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The start of the race is near the battlefield where Athenians and their allies beat a far larger Persian army in 490 BC. Legend has it that a messenger who ran the distance to Athens to announce the victory died upon arrival.

There were also smaller distance races taking place Sunday.

Runners cross the finish line in a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) road race during the 38th Athens Marathon in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

Runners cross the finish line in a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) road race during the 38th Athens Marathon in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

Runners participate in a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) road race during the 38th Athens Marathon in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

Greek runner Costas Gelaouzos wins the 38th Athens Marathon, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. The race resumed this year after a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

Greece’s Costas Gelaouzos crosses the finish line to win the 38th Athens Marathon, in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

 

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