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Kenyan athletes dominate London Marathon with record-breaking performances

Posted : 22 April 2024

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir's victory in the London Marathon set a women's-only world record, with Alexander Mutiso Munyao clinching the men's title in a Kenyan double on Sunday. The race began with a touching tribute to Kelvin Kiptum, the 2023 men's race winner who tragically passed away in a car accident in February.


Jepchirchir's triumph marked a poignant day for Kenya, with her win serving as a strong statement ahead of her Olympic title defense in Paris. The women's race featured a highly competitive field, including some of the fastest women in history, with Jepchirchir breaking the women's-only course record set by Mary Keitany in 2017.


Clocking a remarkable time of 2 hours 16 minutes 16 seconds, Jepchirchir expressed surprise at her world record-breaking performance and expressed gratitude for qualifying for the Olympics. Meanwhile, Munyao secured victory in the men's race, fending off Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele in the final kilometers to cross the finish line first.


Munyao dedicated his win to Kiptum's memory, acknowledging the significance of his triumph in London. The marathon also saw notable performances from British runners Emile Cairess and Mahamed Mahamed, who finished third and fourth, respectively, enhancing their prospects for the Paris Olympics.


 With a record number of participants, including Manchester United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe, the London Marathon showcased both sporting excellence and a sense of unity in the face of adversity.


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