23 Apr 2012

Kenyans on top in London Marathon

7:04 am on 23 April 2012

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany triumphed in the London Marathon yesterday as the African nation served notice of its dominance in distance running strength ahead of the Olympic Games.

Kipsang, the second fastest man of all time, went clear of a class field in the closing stages and won in a time of two hours, four minutes and 44 seconds - just four seconds outside the course record set by compatriot Emmanuel Mutai in winning last year's race.

Compatriot Martin Lel came second after overtaking fellow former London champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia with a strong sprint finish.

In the women's event Mary Keitany successfully defended her title and enhanced her credentials for an Olympic gold in London as Kenyan runners monopolised the top five spots.

The strength in depth of the team leaving the Kenyan selectors with some tough choices to make ahead of the Olympic Marathon.