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London Marathon: A double Kenyan win

April 18, 2011

A massive 22 elite women finished the course in under two and a half hours beating previous London marathon records by seven.

Mary Keitany of Kenya ran the fourth fastest women’s marathon ever with a time of 2:19:19 in what was only her second marathon, she pulled ahead at mile 15 and controlled the marathon from there.

She was nearly a minute faster than defending champion Liliya Shokbukhova, of Russia, who was the women’s runner up, clocking a time of 2:20:15 while Edna Kiplagat of Kenya was third in 2:20:46

Keitany found herself as a new Olympic favourite after clocking a time that only Paula Radcliffe has topped on London’s streets, but not since 2005.

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Emmanuel Mutai made sure it was a Kenyan double as he won the men’s race in 2:04:40 beating the previous course record by 30 seconds. Fellow Kenyan’s Martin Lel and Patrick Makau came in second and third with a time of 2:05:45.

Jo Pavey was the first Great Britain runner to cross the line with a time of 2:28:24 inside the British Olympic and World Championships qualifying time and the seventh fastest time by a British female athlete.

Pavey told BBC Sport: “The first half felt quite slow but the second half was awful really. I enjoyed it and I know I’ve got a lot to learn.

She added: “From here I need to think about longer sustained runs, I know what I’ve got to do and I need to go away and do them. All in all I’m very pleased.”

Team-mate Louise Damen, was the 22nd women to finish, coming through at 2:30:00 also inside both qualifying times. While Liz Yelling finished in a time of 2:41:34.

No British man managed to achieve the 2:12:00 in order to qualify for next years Olympics. Lee Merrien who was the first Brit to cross the line was two and a half minutes out.

In the wheelchair race David Weir claimed his fifth London Marathon victory beating Heinz Frei in a sprint finish to become the most successful wheelchair athlete in the events history. He came in with a time of 1:30:05 just two seconds ahead of Frei from Switzerland. Tomasz Hamerkak of Poland was third clocking in at 1:30:54.

Shelly Woods was within milliseconds of making it a British double but was piped to the line by America Amanda McGrory, who also won the Paris marathon last week, both recorded a time of 1:46:31. Switzerland’s Sandra Graf came in third at 1:46:33.

1 Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:19.19
2 Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) 2:20.15
3 Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 2:20.46

British finishers:
19 Jo Pavey 2:28.24
22 Louise Damen 2:30.00
25 Susan Partridge 2:34.13
27 Helen Decker 2:35.43
32 Liz Yelling 2:41.34

Bethan Borrett, Sportsister
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