Sunday, April 17, 2011

Double delight for Kenya as Mutai and Keitany romp to London Marathon glory!

Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya has won the Virgin London Marathon in a course record time.

Earlier, his compatriot Mary Keitany smashed her personal best to claim a commanding victory in the women's race.

Keitany broke away after 15 miles and never looked like being caught as she clocked an unofficial time of two hours 19 minutes and 17 seconds, almost 10 minutes quicker than her debut in New York last year.

The 29-year-old began the year by setting a new world record of 1:05.50 for the half-marathon, becoming the first woman to run under 66 minutes.

And she proved equally adept at double the distance to relegate defending champion Liliya Shobukhova of Russia into second, with Kenya's Edna Kiplagat in third.