Demamadonna’s Mary Keitany of Kenya Cruises in women’s-only world record time of 2h17’01” to win London Marathon on Sunday April 23


keitany london2o17Kenya’s Mary Keitany took 41 seconds off the women’s-only world record* at the Virgin Money London Marathon, when crossing the finish line in 2h17’01” at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday.

The 2009 world half marathon champion took the race in her own hands, passing 10 kilometers 31’17” and half way mark in 1h06’54” with just pacemaker for company. Her pace in the first half suggested a finish time faster than the outright world record of 2h15’25”, set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003.

Keitany’s pace started to slip in the second half, but she still maintained enough form to stay on course to break Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record set in 2005. Towards the 30th kilometer she was 78 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger, three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba.

Keitany held on to her lead and charged down The Mall to win in 2h17’01”, the second-fastest time in history. Dibaba finished strongly to take second place in an Ethiopian record of 2h17’56”.

In third place our Medessa Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia in in 2h23'08".

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