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This week on The Sound Kitchen you’ll hear the answer to the question about the winners of the Paris Marathon. There’s “On This Day”, listener news, great music, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 14 April, I asked you a question about the Marathon de Paris, which was held on 8 April. You were to send in the names of the three top men and the three top women, along with their nationalities and running times.

The answer is: For the men, it was a Kenyan 1-2-3.

Paul Lonyangata became the first men's runner in 28 years to claim back-to-back Paris marathon titles after he successfully defended his crown in the Paris Marathon, winning in a time of 2:06:25.

His compatriot Mathew Kisorio came in second, with a time of 2:06:36, and in third place was Kenyan Ernest Ngeno, who ran it in 2:06:41.

It was just a matter of seconds between them! Amazing.

Kenya retained the women's title too: Betsy Saina came in first with 2:22:56, just three seconds ahead of countrywoman and silver medalist, Ruth Chepngetich, with 2:22:59.

Still from East Africa, the bronze went to Ethiopia's Gulume Chala, with a time of 2:23:06.

Bravo! Brava!

The winners are: Benson Mutoko from Nairobi, Kenya; Henry Ngum Zong from Bamenda, Cameroon; RFI Listeners Club member Arne Timm from Harjumaa, Estonia; Musa Mihitam from the Karatoa RFI Radio Listeners Club in Sirajgonj, Bangladesh and Kamal Uddin from West Bengal, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Vulindlela”, written and sung by Brenda Fassie; Rimsky-Korsakov: “The Flight of the Bumblebee”, and a traditional Xhosa song from South Africa: “Qongqothwane” or“The Click Song”, sung by the one and only Miriam Makeba.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 16 July to enter this week's quiz. The winners will be announced on the 21 July program. When you enter, be sure you send your postal address in with your answer, and if you have one, your RFI Listeners Club membership number.

Send your answers to:


Susan Owensby

RFI – The Sound Kitchen

80, rue Camille Desmoulins

92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux



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