The 2010 London Marathon has crowned Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, as the winners in the male and female categories respectively, of this year’s London Marathon in UK today.
Kebede, who finished second to Olympic gold medallist Sammy Wanjiru last year after a fierce battle over the final stages, was grouped with two other Kenyans Abel Kirui and Emmanuel Mutai at the 35 kms mark.
Mutai dropped back and Kebede and Kirui then fought for the lead with Kebede eventually proving too strong for the world champion and running unchallenged for the final 10 kms of the race.
Six Kenyan pacemakers spread themselves across the front of the field from the start in cool, damp weather at Greenwich Park, urged on by Wanjiru running in a black vest.
The leading pack crossed Tower Bridge in just under an hour and passed the halfway mark in 63:06 with Kirui and Mutai at the front.
Wanjiru, who had missed a month’s speed training this year because of a back injury, faded at the 25 kms mark, Mutai dropped back and the race resolved into a final duel between Kirui and Kebede.
In the women’s race, Liliya Shobukhova led a Russian one-two, ahead of compatriot Inga Abitova.
1. Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia, 2 hours, 5 minutes, 19 seconds.
2. Emmanuel Mutai, Kenya, 2:06:23.
3. Jaouad Gharib, Morocco, 2:06:55.
4. Abderrahime Bouramdane, Morocco, 2:07:33.
5. Abel Kirui, Kenya, 2:08:04.
6. Marilson Gomes dos Santos, Brazil, 2:08:46.
7. Zersenay Tadese, Eritrea, 2:12.03.
8. Andrew Lemoncello, Britain, 2:13:40.
9. Yonas Kifle, Eritrea, 2:14:39.
10. Andi Jones, Britain, 2:16:38.