We knew he was in good shape, especially after his European 5km road record. It remained to be seen what this could give for his first half-marathon. Jimmy Gressier for his baptism over the distance had chosen Paris, this Sunday, and dreamed of becoming the first Frenchman to win this race. He did not succeed but did not miss his debut over the distance by finishing 3rd, in less than an hour, in the Bois de Vincennes. They were 43,000 to start.
Behind the Kenyans Roncer Kipkorir (59’38’), who set a new event record, and Josphat Chumo (59’53’), Gressier cut the line in 59’55’, the Olympic finalist 5000 m, becomes at 25, the third fastest Frenchman over the distance (21.0975 km) behind Julien Wanders (59′13′), who represents Switzerland in international competition, and Morhad Amdouni (59′). 40). Hassan Chahdi took 4th place in the Parisian semi in 1 h 01 min 29 sec. The women’s race was won by Kenya’s Sheila Chepkurui (1h6′00′’), the new best women’s mark.