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Mary Keitany London Marathon Women Only World Record – Run It Fast

Mary Keitany Breaks Women’s Only World Record at London Marathon

Mary Keitany London Marathon Women Only World Record - Run It Fast

Kenya’s Mary Keitany made marathon history at the London Marathon on Sunday when she ran the fastest marathon ever in a ‘Women’s Only’ marathon with a time of 2:17:01.

The IAAF recognizes two world records for women, a “Mixed Gender” record of 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe of the United Kingdom on April 13, 2003 at the London Marathon, and a (pending ratification) “Women Only” record of 2:17:01, set by Mary Keitany, on April 23, 2017 at the London Marathon. – Wikipedia

It is Keitany’s third time to win the London Marathon.

Mary Keitany London Marathon Time Women Only World Record - Run It Fast

Super fast and impressive job by Mary.  One day Radcliffe’s mixed women’s record will fall but the fact that it has stood for 14 years and has had little competition in that time is a testament to what a performance Paula but down back at the London Marathon in 2003.

Daniel Wanjiru London Marathon 2017 Winner - Run It Fast

Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race with a time of 2:05:48.

images: @LondonMarathon

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London Marathon Medal 2014

London Marathon Medal (2014)

This is the finisher’s medal for the London Marathon that took place on April 13, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

Here’s a view of the back which is pretty cool too:


[medal photo submitted by 100 MedalMissionMart – follow him on Twitter @greasygringo666]

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2014 London Marathon Winner Wilson Kipsang

Wilson Kipsang Wins 2014 London Marathon

Wilson Kipsang Wins 2014 London Marathon

Kenaya’s Wilson Kipsang won the 2014 London Marathon earlier today in England with a winning time of 2:04:29. Kipsang is the current World Record holder with a time of 2:03:23 at the Berlin Marathon last year.

Runner-up to Kipsang was fellow countryman Stanley Biwott close behind in 2:04:55. It was a really strong performance from Biwott as he was not one of the top handful of favorites.

Third place for the men went to Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede.  He finished a good ways back (relatively speaking) in 2:06:30 Kebede was the defending champ from last year’s race.

Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia) finished 4th in 2:06:31 just a second off a podium finish with Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia) rounding out the top 5 with a time of 2:08:06

Much heralded Brit Mo Farah making his marathon debut finished a very respectable 8th place in 2:08:21, just 15 seconds behind a tightly bunched group that would have garnered him 5th place.

Another success story to come from the marathon was American Ryan Vail who finished 10th overall in 2:10:57.

Edna Kiplagat Wins 2014 London Marathon for the Women

For the women it was Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat winning the 2014 London Marathon in 2:20:21.

Fellow countrywoman Florence Kiplagat finished extremely close behind Edna in 2:20:24 with Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba 11 seconds behind her in 2:20:35.

2014 London Marathon Results

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2014 London Marathon Coverage (Information & Race Preview)

The 2014 London Marathon takes place tomorrow, April 13, 2014, in London, England.

Below you’ll find several links to stories about the race and information related to the race that hopefully you will find helpful.

London Marathon on Twitter @LondonMarathon

The official hashtag for the race is #LondonMarathon

London Marathon Favorites – The Men:

  • Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) – defending champion
  • Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia)  – 3rd last year
  • Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia)- 18 years old, 2:04:32 PR
  • Feyisa Lelisa (Ethiopia) – 2 marathon wins
  • Ibrahim Jeilan (Ethiopia) – Debut marathon, chief rival of Mo Farah
  • Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) – Pace setter to 30km
  • Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) – Holds world record of 2:03:23 (Berlin)
  • Emmanual Mutai (Kenya) – London Marathon record holder in 2:04:40
  • Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) – Fastest unofficial marathon (Boston) in 2:03:02
  • Stanley Biwott (Kenya) – 2012 Paris Marathon winner
  • Mo Farah (Great Britain) – Much hyped and anticipated marathon debut
  • Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) – 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2013 World Championship
  • Samuel Tsegaye (Eritrea) – 2:07:28 PR
  • Marilson dos Santos (Brazil) – 2x New York City Marathon winner, 37 years old
  • Ryan Vail (USA) – First American at NYC Marathon last year, 2:11:45 PR

London Marathon Favorites – The Women:

  • Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) – 2012 Olympic gold, 2:18:58 PR
  • Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) – Half Marathon record holder, 2x Berlin Marathon winner
  • Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) – Several big marathon wins, 2:19:50 PR (London)
  • Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) – 2013 London and and New York City Marathon winner
  • Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) – Won the Berlin Marathon in 2010, 2012 and Toyko 2013
  • Feysa Tadesse (Ethiopia) – London debut, handful of marathon wins at non-Worlds
  • Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (Ukraine) – 2012, 2013 Osaka Marathon winner
  • Jessica Augusto (Portugal) – 7th at 2012 Olympics
  • Kim Smith (New Zealand) – 4th at 2010 New York City Marathon
  • Ana Dulce Felix (Portugal) – 4th at 2011 New York City Marathon
  • Nadia Ejjafini (Italy) – 2:26:15 PR
  • Diane Nukuri-Johnson (Burundi) – 2:29:54 PR, lives in Iowa City, Iowa (USA)
source: Runner’s World

All eyes will be on London’s Mo Farah making his marathon debut. Runner’s World asked several experts to predict his finishing time. The experts had him from 2:04 (winning the race) to 2:07. See all the predictions HERE.

Tracking and Results of the 2014 London Marathon

What time does the race start?

  • Wheelchair Racers: 8:55am
  • Paralympic Athletes: 9:00am
  • Elite Women Blue Start: 9:15am
  • Elite Men Blue/Red/Green Start: 10:00am
  • -all times local London time.

More details on start times HERE.

Weather forecast for the London Marathon

Interactive Map of the 2014 London Marathon Course

Tweets from the London Marathon’s Twitter Account

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London Marathon Medal 2013

London Marathon Medal (2013)

This is the medal the finisher’s of the London Marathon received on April 21, 2013 in London, England.

No change from last year’s (other than the year) but still a pretty solid medal.


[Submitted by Peter Smith. Follow him on Twitter @TigersHull1904]

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Banned Stimulant Found in Bottle of Dead London Marathoner

Claire Squires died during the last miles of last year’s London Marathon to the shock of many. She was just 30 years old. Now we know that she had a banned stimulant in her water bottle that might have contributed to her death.

Her boyfriend, Simon Van Herrewege, said that Squires started the race carrying a water bottle with a powder called Jack3d. The powder is one of many commercially available powders that contain methylhexanamine, which is commonly known as DMAA. DMAA was initially used as an ingredient in nasal decongestants, but is most often marketed as an energy-boosting stimulant.

Read more HERE at Runner’s World.

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Paralyzed Woman Finishes London Marathon in Bionic Suit

Paralyzed Woman Finishes London Marathon in Bionic Suit

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Claire Lomas was paralyzed from the neck down back in 2007 when she was in a horse riding accident.  Doctors told her she would never walk again.

So she finished the London Marathon days ago in a ‘bionic’ suit, sixteen days after the race started.  She is the first person to finish a marathon in a bionic suit.

With her husband Dan, mother Joyce and 13-month-old daughter Maisie by her side, Lomas walked about two miles a day to complete the course. More than a fortnight later, on May 8th, a tearful Lomas crossed the finish line as thousands of cheering supporters urged her forward.

“The support has been breathtaking and it feels fantastic to finally finish,” Lomas, who was given a guard of honor by members of the Household Cavalry and the Virgin endurance trophy by CEO Richard Branson’s daughter Holly.

The ‘bionic suit’ runs about $75,000.  The suit allows movement by detecting shifts in the movement of the human body.

Lomas was able to raise over $100,000 during her 16-day journey to complete the London Marathon.

However, organizers of the London Marathon refused to giver her a finisher’s medal or official time since she didn’t finish the marathon on the same day she started it.

But several generous marathoners gave Lomas their finisher’s medal from the race. She says she has over a dozen now.

People who win marathons can inspire others to run, but it’s people like Claire Lomas that inspire thousands of people, by overcoming impossible odds to complete what many consider an impossible task as it is.

Claire said her biggest accomplishment after the accident was giving birth to her baby daughter, Massie.

Congrats to Claire Lomas on her London Marathon finish!

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Virgin London Marathon Medal – 2012

Virgin London Marathon Medal (2012)

Here is the finisher’s medal from the Virgin London Marathon that took place on April 22, 2012 in London, England.


[Submitted by Liz Yates. Follow Liz on Twitter @lizyates75]

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Wilson Kipsang Winning the 2012 London Marathon

Wilson Kipsang Wins 2012 London Marathon (Results)

Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang won the 2012 London Marathon this morning with a time of 2:04:44.

Second place went to Martin Lel (2:06:51-Kenya) who barely bested third place finisher Tsegaye Kebede (2:06:52-Ethiopia).

Just 1 minute and 29 seconds separated 1st through 10th places for the men.

2012 London Marathon Top 10 Male Results

  1. Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) – 2:04:44
  2. Martin Lel (Kenya) – 2:06:51
  3. Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) – 2:06:52
  4. Adil Annani (Morocco) – 2:07:43
  5. Jaouad Gharib (Morocco) – 2:07:44
  6. Abel Kirui (Kenya) – 2:07:56
  7. Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) – 2:08:01
  8. Marilson Gomes Dos Santos (Brazil) – 2:08:03
  9. Samuel Tsegay (Eritrea) – 2:08:06
  10. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) – 2:08:20

Mary Keitany was the female winner with a time of 2:18:37.  Keitany’s time is the 2nd fastest in London Marathon history. The fastest time belongs to London’s Paula Radcliffe in 2:17:42 (2005).

Second place female was Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50-Kenya) and the female’s Kenyan podium was completed with Priscah Jeptoo (2:20:14).

The top five female finishers were all from Kenya.

2012 London Marathon Top 10 Female Results

  1. Mary Keitany (Kenya) – 2:18:37
  2. Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) – 2:19:50
  3. Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) – 2:20:14
  4. Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) – 2:20:57
  5. Lucy Kabuu (Kenya) – 2:23:12
  6. Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) – 2:24:04
  7. Irina Mikitenko (Germany) – 2:24:53
  8. Jessica Augusto (Portugal) – 2:24:59
  9. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:25:59
  10. Jelena Prokopcuka (Latvia) – 2:27:04

Full 2012 London Marathon Results

Congrats to all who ran and finished the 2012 London Marathon.

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Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Sammy Wanjiru Found Dead at 24

Kenyan marathoner Sammy Wanjiru was found dead in Kenya today. He was just 24-years old.

One report has that he died after jumping off the balcony at his Kenyan home.

Wanjiru won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with an Olympic record time of 2:06:32.  He also won the London and Chicago Marathons.

His fastest marathon was a 2:05:10 at the 2009 London Marathon.

American marathon champ Ryan Hall tweeted his condolences, “Incredibly sad news about Sammy. I am shocked and saddened.”

Wanjiru’s manager Federico Rosa has confirmed Sammy’s death.

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