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Mutai and Keitany


Emmanuel Mutai and Mary Keitany produced two superb performances at the Virgin London Marathon this morning to win the men’s and women’s titles at this IAAF Gold Label Road Race for Kenya by impressive margins.

Mutai smashed the course record with a dominating performance that left the defending champion Tsegaye Kebede floundering in his wake, while Keitany won the women’s race in a time only World record holder Paula Radcliffe has ever beaten on the London course.

A year ago, Mutai made a late surge to finish second, but this time he left little to chance, bursting away after 20 miles and powering home in the last six miles to win in 2:04:40, half a minute quicker than Sammy Wanjiru’s record from 2009, making Mutai the fourth fastest man in history.