Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the London marathon with a stunning finishing time of 2:17.01, the world record for a women’s only race.
Meantime, in the men’s race Kenyan contenders Daniel Wanjiru and Bedan Karoki finished first and third, with times of 2:05:48 and 2:07:41, respectively.
Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba offered a strong challenge to Keitany in the women’s race, finishing only 56 seconds behind. Likewise, in the men’s race, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia was just seconds behind the Kenyan victor in what was described as a “thrilling” finish, coming in at 2:05:57.
Mary Keitany’s new record is second only to British marathoner Paula Radcliffe, who once ran a marathon at 2:15.25, but used male runners to help set the pace. This makes her the official record-holder in the category of a woman in “mixed gender” racing but now no longer the record-holder for a “women only” race.