On Sunday, 2010 winner Tsegaye Kebede won his second London marathon, Priscah Jeptoo won by over a minute on the women's side and 2012 London Olympics gold-medalist Mo Farah had folks fooled after joking he woke up late and nearly missed the bus to the event.
It was a fun morning, folks.
We start with Ethiopian Kebede, the winner on the men's side. From BBC Sport:
Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai, who won this event in 2011, looked to have a comfortable lead late, but Kebede closed incredibly strongly and Mutai couldn't hold off his advances.
Ayele Abshero and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia and Wilson Kipsang of Kenya rounded out the top five. Stephen Kiprotich was the top finisher from the United States, as last year's winner of this event finished in sixth.
For the women, Jeptoo of Kenya nearly replicated her time from a year ago at this race, where she finished third. This time, however, she obliterated the field, and second-place runner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya was a minute and 17 seconds off her pace.
Yukiko Akaba of Japan finished in third, while Atsede Baysa and Meselech Meklamu of Ethiopia finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Meanwhile, a familiar face took home the wheelchair event for the women (via BBC Sport):
American Tatyana McFadden wins London Marathon women's wheelchair race, she also won in Boston last week bbc.in/ZFu6pR— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 21, 2013
Can you say dynasty? For the men, Kurt Fearnley of Australia won the wheelchair event.
Farrah, who won gold in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at the London Games, had folks going when he said on the radio he had overslept. From The Guardian:
The 30-year-old Londoner—who ran half of today's race—claimed he was running late live on the radio. He shouted to a waiting BBC presenter: "Radio 5, gotta go! Gotta run, run, run, run!" Asked how he was feeling, he said as he ran down the street: "Yeah, feeling good." And had he warmed up? "Not yet!" he replied. "I'm late! I woke up late! I'm going to miss the bus!" he laughed.
However, the Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion later tweeted: "Just to clarify, I had breakfast at 5am today, my comment about sleeping in was just a joke. I was one of the first athletes on the bus to the start."
Farah ran quite well, running 58:30 at the 20-kilometer mark.
Here are your top-10 finishers for the men's and women's races:
|1||KEBEDE, Tsegaye (ETH)||02:06:04|
|2||MUTAI, Emmanuel (KEN)||02:06:33|
|3||ABSHERO, Ayele (ETH)||02:06:57|
|4||LILESA, Feyisa (ETH)||02:07:46|
|5||KIPSANG, Wilson (KEN)||02:07:47|
|6||KIPROTICH, Stephen (UGA)||02:08:05|
|7||ASMEROM, Yared (ERI)||02:08:22|
|8||BIWOTT, Stanley (KEN)||02:08:39|
|9||CHANI, Hafid (MAR)||02:09:11|
|10||LAMDASSEM, Ayad (ESP)||02:09:28|
|1||JEPTOO, Priscah (KEN)||02:20:15|
|2||KIPLAGAT, Edna (KEN)||02:21:32|
|3||AKABA, Yukiko (JPN)||02:24:43|
|4||BAYSA, Atsede (ETH)||02:25:14|
|5||MELKAMU, Meselech (ETH)||02:25:46|
|6||KIPLAGAT, Florence (KEN)||02:27:05|
|7||ITO, Mai (JPN)||02:28:37|
|8||BIKTIMIROVA, Alevtina (RUS)||02:30:02|
|9||PARTRIDGE, Susan (GBR)||02:30:46|
|10||VAN ZYL, Irvette (RSA)||02:31:26|