MARY KEITANY of Kenya broke Paula Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record to win the London Marathon today (April 23).
Mary, 35, crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 17 minutes one second, the second-fastest time in history.
That was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005.
“It was very fast pace and I tried to follow it,” she said after the race. “I think the course has changed a little bit and it felt better than before. The weather was really good this year. Last year it was very, very cold. My body felt fit enough and I have trained well and I tried to push all the time. I’m very happy with the finish time. Parts of the course are hilly but I train in a very similar area in Kenya so it was not too different for me.”
Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, won the men’s race in 2:05:56, with Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia second.
“In the beginning the race was very fast and we were inside world record pace. It was the pace I was preparing for,” Daniel told the BBC. “We tried to maintain that pace for half of the race. From there it was becoming tougher and tougher. The sun was coming and the day was beautiful, but we don’t need too much sun!”