Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

  • Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

Kenya's Mary Keitany, meanwhile, set the fastest time in a women- only marathon as she won a third London Marathon on Sunday in an unofficial 2hrs 17min 01sec.

Her compatriot Daniel Wanjiru won the men's race in two hours five minutes and 48 seconds, nine seconds ahead of Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele. Her pace in the first half suggested a finish time faster than the outright world record of 2:15:25, set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003.

The 38-year-old, who runs for Sunderland Strollers, finished 14th in the race, to seal her spot in GB's squad for this summer's World Championships.

A new star was born in Wanjiru, who claimed the lead from Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lelisa at the 25km mark and never looked back to win the race in 2 hours, 05 minutes and 49 seconds.

Kenyan Bedan Karoki finished one minute 53 seconds down in third on his marathon debut.

Keitany was on track to break that outright world record halfway through Sundays race in the British capital in sunny conditions, but the pace eased up.

"I tried to push all the time. It was really unbelievable", she told the BBC after her third win in London. "I'm very happy with the finish time", Keitany said.Last year's women's race victor, Jemima Sumgong of Kenya, did not defend her title after failing a drugs test earlier in the season.

"I'm very happy with the finish time".

David Weir meanwhile won his seventh wheelchair title. For 2017's race a record 253,930 people entered, and the number of runners from the ballot is generally around 17,500 (the final numbers are approximate because many people are given a place but don't end up running, something the organisers take into account when awarding ballot places). The sun was coming and the day was attractive, but we dont need too much sun!”.

In January, Weir said he would never wear a Great Britain vest again after an unsuccessful Paralympic Games in Rio a year ago. It's been tough, especially after Rio. "All I was thinking was 'win, win, win'".