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Thousands take part in the 21st Lisbon Marathon

MORE THAN 4,000 participants took part in the 21st Lisbon Marathon on December 3.

The event, which attracted tourists and locals, saw Portuguese runners Luís Jesus and Fátima Silva come in first in the men’s and women’s races.

Organised by Lisbon Câmara, Lisbon Athletic Association and Xistarca, the race set off from Praça do Comercio and continued on to Belém and Xabregas.

The nation’s oldest marathon included 685 athletes and 4,449 members of the public for the three versions of the race – the mini, half and marathon itself.

The main marathon joined together 847 sportsmen and women – the vast majority of them foreigners.

But it was two Portuguese runners that broke the finishing ribbon – Luís Jesus completing the course in two hours, 21 minutes and eight seconds and Fátima Silva in the women’s category with a time of two hours and 40 minutes.

It is Silva’s fourth victory in the capital and her seventh national title in the past eight years.

The trophies for the winners in the respective categories were handed out by João Correia, Lisbon Câmara’s Council officer for sport.