Sharon Van Rouwendaal became the first Dutch winner of the marathon today, Copacabana painted orange by fans from The Netherlands , flags and clogs flying as she came home in 1 hour 56mins 32.1sec. The re-writing of history began before the race. “Welcome to Copacabana … this will be the first time the event is held in the open ocean.” Stop the clock: someone seems to have forgotten 1896, when it all began out in the wash of chilly 12ft waves in the Bay of Zea at Pireaus.
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