Athletics

Kipsang wins London Marathon

2012-04-22 13:10
Wilson Kipsang (File)
London - Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany won the men's and women's events respectively in the London Marathon here on Sunday as the African nation dominated the podium places in the elite races.

Kipsang, the second fastest man of all time, went clear of a class field in the closing stages and won in an unofficial time of two hours, four minutes and 44 seconds - just four seconds outside the course record set by compatriot Emmanuel Mutai in winning last year's race.

He finished more than two minutes in front of compatriot Martin Lel, who overtook fellow former London champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia with a strong sprint finish to serve notice of his credentials ahead of the Olympic Marathon in London in a few months' time.

Kebede may have prevented a Kenyan clean sweep in his race but in the women's event Mary Keitany successfully defended the title she won last year to lead home a Kenyan 1-2-3.

She left an outstanding field trailing to win in an unofficial time of 2:18:36, a new Kenyan national record and a personal best - well inside her time of 2:19:19 in which she won last year's London Marathon.

World champion Edna Kiplagat finished second, more than a minute behind, with world silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo a further 24 seconds behind in third.

There was success for Britain in the wheelchair races with Dave Weir and Shelly Woods ensuring a home double.

Weir timed his finish to perfection to see off the challenge of Switzerland's Marcel Hug and so win his sixth London title while Woods overpowered her rivals to claim a second London victory of her career, finishing nearly four minutes ahead of Japan's Wakako Tsuchida.

Leading finishers in the 2012 London Marathon on Sunday:

Men

1. Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2 hours, 4 minutes and 44 seconds, 2. Martin Lel (KEN) 2:06:51, 3. Tsegaye Kebede (ETH) 2:06:52, 4. Adil Annani (MAR) 2:07:43, 5. Jaouad Gharib (MAR) 2:07:44, 6. Abel Kirui (KEN) 2:07:56, 7. Emmanuel Mutai (KEN) 2:08:01, 8. Marilson Gomes dos Santo (BRA) 2:08:03

Women

1. Mary Keitany (KEN) 2:18.37, 2. Edna Kiplagat (KEN) 2:19:50, 3. Priscah Jeptoo (KEN) 2:20:14, 4. Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 2:20.57, 5. Lucy Kabuu (KEN) 2:23:12, 6. Aberu Kebede (ETH) 2:24:04, 7. Irina Mikitenko (GER) 2:24:53, 8. Jessica Augusto (POR) 2:24:59

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Lance: I'm still TDF winner

2014-04-24 21:41

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.