Kenyan runners, Mary Keitany & Daniel Wanjiru made Africa proud on Sunday during the 2017 London Marathon.
Being the world’s exceptional sprinters is nothing new to Kenyan runners.
There’s no international competition that has no world class competitor from the east African country.
Both runners individually set the pace for the categories they represented. While Mary Keitany won the women-only record, Daniel Wanjiru emerged the winner for the male category.
Mary who is a seasoned long distance runner and the 2010 Abu Dhabi Half Marathon did not just win the competition, she won it in a record-breaking running time of 2:17:01; which will be the second-fastest time in history.
According to BBC, the time was 41 seconds faster than the leading record set by British running champ, Paula Radcliffe in 2005.
“It was a great day for me. It was really amazing, to run the best time.
“The weather was good at the beginning, it was nice for me and my pace. I’ve run my best.”
This will be the 3rd time Mary Keitany is emerging the winner of the London Marathon. For 2 consecutive years the 35-year old Kenyan runner won the London Marathon race.
She won the competitions in a time of 2:19:17 for 2011 and in 2012, with a personal best of 2:18:37 hours.
Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba emerged second in 2:17:56,
During the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships, she won a silver medal. In 2009 she also became the World Half Marathon champion.
In a tough battle with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race in a time of 2:05:48. He beat the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder by 9 seconds.
“In the beginning the race was very fast and we were inside world record pace. It was the pace I was preparing for,”
“We tried to maintain that pace for half of the race. From there it was becoming tougher and tougher. The sun was coming and the day was beautiful – but we don’t need too much sun!”
Kenenisa Bekele hoped to break Dennis Kimetto’s 2014 leading record of 2:02:57 in Berlin. As fate would have it 24-year old Wanjiru took the crown.
Daniel’s win is his first one at the London Marathon competitions. So far this is the biggest win he has ever made in his sprinting career.
According to Wikipedia,
“In 2016 Wanjiru won the Amsterdam Marathon in record time. His personal best is 2:05:21 hours. He was twice winner of the Prague Half Marathon”
For the men’s wheelchair race David Weir won his seventh London Marathon title while Swiss athlete Manuela Schar won her first victory in London for the women’s wheelchair race.
At a time of 1:31:06, 37-year-old multi-medal winning paralympian beat Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record while running past Switzerland’s Marcel Hug on the track.
Prince Harry did the honors of presenting awards to Keitany and Wanjiru.