91-year-old Stelios Prassas becomes oldest athlete to finish the 39th Athens Marathon

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91-year-old Stelios Prassas became the oldest athlete to finish the 39th Authentic Athens Marathon in Greece on Sunday.

Prassas was the last runner to approach the finish line at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens and walked the last few steps with his children and grandchildren.

At the end of the race, Prassas said: “Sport gives joy, life and health.”

The winner of this year’s Marathon was Haralambos Pitsolis who finished the race on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 44 seconds.

In second place was last year’s winner and record holder, Konstantinos Gelaouzos. Pitsolis stopped at the finish line and waited for Gelaouzos, who completed the race in 2hrs, 24 minutes and 45 seconds.

The first woman that entered the stadium in Athens was Vassiliki Konstantinopoulou. She won for the first time the Athens Marathon in 2hrs, 46 minutes and 1 second.

Athens Marathon. Photos: The Greek Herald / Panagiotis Dalatariof.

Greek Australian Anastasia Marinakou sets personal record at Athens Marathon

Greek Australian Anastasia Marinakou set a personal best record in the 10,000 km OPAP Marathon held on Saturday in Athens, Greece.

Marinakou finished the race in 33 minutes and 38 seconds compared to her 2021 record of 34 minutes and 32 seconds.

“The people gave me wings. Finishing in this stadium is a unique moment. To be honest, I didn’t expect to score this performance as I had an injury over the past few days. But during the race I realised that I was in very good condition. I’m very happy,” Marinakou said after the race.

Athens Marathon. Photos: The Greek Herald / Panagiotis Dalatariof.

Marinakou, a Panathinaikos athlete, was followed by Ismini Panagiotopoulou (OKA Kavala) with 35 minutes, while Irini Tsoupaki came third with 35 minutes and 16 seconds.

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