Yesterday’s Virgin Money London Marathon was incredible, with tens of thousands of runners from around the world competing. Here are some quick highlights.
1. Men’s Winner
Daniel Wanjiru, 24, claimed the gold, with a blistering 2:05:48. Second and third place went to Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:57) and Bedan Karoki (2:07:41).
2. Women’s Winner
Mary Keitany, 35, set a record for the fastest time ever clocked by a woman(in a women-only race), at a searing 2:17:01, besting Paula Radcliffe’s time by 41 seconds. Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56) and Aselefech Mergia (2:23:08) came in second and third place, respectively.
3. Not so Swooshy?
Much has been made of Nike’s Vapor Elite shoes, including the fact that they may provide an unfair advantage to runners. In yesterday’s race, however, they were more asset than liability. Second-place finisher Kenenisa Bekele, who wore the elite shoes, observed after the race that he “felt some hamstring problem and I couldn’t respond well. That is why I slowed down. The shoes were blistering me, they were not comfortable.”
4. Comrades in Arms
The BBC has the touching story of one runner, Matthew Rees, who, just 150 meters from the finish line, gave up his potential for a faster time to assist another runner, David Wyeth, in crossing the finish line.
5. A Breakout Brit
The Guardian has the story of UK upstart Josh Griffiths, 23, who finished in 2:14:49 — the quickest time for a UK runner.