Kenyan athletes Daniel Wanjiru (2:05:48) and Mary Keitany (2:17:01) win the men and women titles, respectively of London Marathon 2017.
By EthiopiaOnline |
London, U.K.―Kenyan athletes Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany win the men and women titles, respectively of London Marathon 2017; whereas Kenenisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia took, respectively, the second places in men’s and women’s titles. One of the highly anticipated Ethiopian athletes, Feyisa Lilesa finished the race at 12th place.
The 35-year old Kenyan Mary Keitan clocked the second-fastest time in history and her time was as 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005. Ethiopia golden girl Tirunesh Dibaba was the runner-up in the women’s race, clocking a time of 2:17:56 and her country-fellow Aselefech Mergia finished third on the race with 2:23:08.
The 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele looked to be mounting a challenge in the late second half of the race. However when less than 8 kilometers left for the race, he had shaken off those issues he was feeling and got back into closely chasing the Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru. But Daniel Wanjiru found enough pace to finish strongly and eventually win by nine seconds. His compatriot Dedan Karoki finiched third, clocking 2:07:41.
Men’s Title Results
1. Daniel Wanjiru (KENYA) 2:05:48
2. Kenenisa Bekele (ETHIOPIA) 2:05:57
3. Dedan Karoki (KENYA) 2:07:41
Women’s Title Results
1. Mary Keitany (KENYA) 2:17:01
2. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETHIOPIA) 2:17:56
3. Aselefech Mergia (ETHIOPIA) 2:23:08
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