Both among men and women, the fight for the first place at the London marathon was between representatives of Kenya and Ethiopia, and in both cases the less eminent Kenyans got past the grandees of world sports.
The winner of the London marathon among men became Kenyan sportsman Daniel Wanjiru. It took 2 hours 5 minutes 56 seconds for the 24-year-old runner to get to the finish line.
Last year, Wanjiru won the 41st Amsterdam Marathon, have run it half of a minute faster, in 2 hours 5 minutes 20 seconds.
In London, a desperate struggle deployed in the final stage of the race between Wanjir and the three-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Kenenis Bekele from Ethiopia.
By the end of the race Bekele began to strengthen the pace, but Wangjiru coped with the pressure and beat the eminent rival for 9 seconds.
Also a representative of Kenya won among women, 35-year-old Mary Keitani. She ran a distance of 42 kilometers in 2 hours 17 minutes and 1 second. And this is a new world record in an exclusively female marathon.
The best result in the mixed race is still owned by British Paula Radcliffe, who showed time 2 hours 15 minutes 25 seconds in 2003.
In this race, almost a minute behind the leader (2:05:56), Ethiopian long distances runner Tirunesh Dibaba came the second to the finish, the winner of three Olympic gold medals of Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
The winner of the race of wheelchair athletes was British David Weir.