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Ethiopians at the finish line

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This week on The Sound Kitchen, you’ll hear the answer to the question about the Paris Marathon. There’s “On This Day”, a letter from Mahesh Jain, music by request from Heimer Sia, and of course, the new quiz question. Just click on the arrow in the photo above and enjoy!


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This week’s quiz: On 20 April, I asked you a question about the Paris Marathon, which had taken place on 14 April. I asked you to send in the names of the winners – both in the women’s and the men’s race – as well as their timings and their nationalities.

The answer is: For the women: Gelete Burka, from Ethiopia. Burka ran the marathon in 2:22:48. For the men, it was Burka’s countryman Abrha Milaw, who finished in 2:07:05. Bravo Ethiopia!

France didn’t do too badly, either: our star woman runner, Clemence Calvin, broke the French women's record. Calvin came in fourth, at 2:24:41.

The marathon route runs right in front of my building, and I was down there to watch those faster-than-lightening athletes pass by. I put a video of the women on the Sound Kitchen and RFI English FaceBook pages if you want to see them up close. It was beautiful.

The winners this week are: Shahzad Shabbir, the president of the Pak France International Listeners Club in Sahiwal District, Pakistan; Ferhat Bezazel, the president of the RFI Butterflies Club Ain Kechera in West Skikda, Algeria; Jewel Ahmed from Sirajganj, Bangladesh; Tahsin Ara Khanam from Naogaon, Bangladesh and RFI Listeners Club member Kamini Khatoon from Odisha, India.

Congratulations winners!

Here’s the music you heard on this week’s program: “Jo’berg Jive” by Xian Vassie; Mozart’s “Rondo à la Turk” performed by Fazil Say; the theme from the film Chariots of Fire by Vangelis; “The Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Isham Jones and Gus Kahn: "I'll See You in My Dreams" performed by Bucky Pizzarelli and Pearl Django, and "Same Ground", written and performed by Kitchie Nadal.

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This week’s question ... You'll have to listen to the show to participate. You have until 24 June to enter this week's quiz; the winners will be announced on the 29 June podcast. 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.

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