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Keitany claims London Marathon three-peat

Kenya’s Mary Keitany wins the London Marathon with an unofficial time of 2hrs 17min 01sec

LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Kenya’s Mary Keitany set the fastest time in a women-only marathon as she won a third London Marathon on Sunday in an unofficial 2hrs 17min 01sec.

The 35-year-old, who also has three New York Marathon victories, beat Ethiopian track great Tirunesh Dibaba by almost a minute.

Keitany went out at breakneck speed, helped by a pacemaker, and was on record pace when left on her own with about 10 miles to go.

Dibaba was the only one who looked capable of throwing down some sort of challenge.

“It was a great day for me. It was really amazing to run the best time,” 35-year-old Keitany told the BBC.

“The weather was good at the beginning, it was nice for me and my pace. I’ve run my best,” added Keitany, who saw off an Ethiopian great in Tirunesh Dibaba.  .

Mary Keitany competing at London Marathon

Keitany started to pay for her early efforts but Dibaba — known as the “Baby Faced Destroyer” — made little inroads into the Kenyan’s lead, trailing her by over a minute at the 18-mile mark.

However, the Ethiopian did make some ground up as the Kenyan slowed, but just as she had Keitany in her sights, Dibaba started to feel her stomach and came to a halt briefly.

Dibaba managed to get going again but her chance of victory was gone and Keitany came home alone to great roars from the massed crowd on The Mall.

Keitany will head to August’s World Athletics Championships in London hoping to have a happier experience than back in 2012 when she flopped in the Olympics in London, having won the London Marathon a few months prior to it.

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