After the tragedy at the Boston Marathon last week, the focus on the 2013 London Marathon from the media, fans and security was as intense as it has ever been.
Not only did the running of Sunday’s race help the world begin the healing process, but the event itself was also great and there were excellent times in the men's, women's and wheelchair divisions.
The following marathoners were the biggest winners of the day and performed amazingly under the toughest of circumstances.
Men’s and Women’s London Marathon Results
Results courtesy of The Mirror.
|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||KIPROTICH, 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|
Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia
Sunday’s biggest winner in terms of running the best 26.2-mile race is men’s champion Tsegaye Kebede (02:06:04) of Ethiopia.
As great as this victory is for Kebede, he has tasted a London Marathon win before, walking away victorious in 2010. This win is the more impressive of the two, especially after Kebede made the winning pass on Emmanuel Mutai (02:06:33) during the last mile to steal the win.
After missing the 2012 Olympics, Kebede rededicated himself to the sport, and the 26-year-old has used the 2013 London Marathon as the catapult to a career renaissance.
Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya
Sunday’s biggest winner in the London Marathon's women’s division was Priscah Jeptoo (02:20:15) of Kenya.
Jeptoo was coming off a silver-medal finish at the 2012 London Olympics, and the success in England is enough for the 28-year-old star to come into next year’s event as the favorite to repeat.
The victory was not as dominating as many had expected, though, as fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat (02:21:32) finished just over a minute behind the winner. No matter what the times were, the win was huge for Jeptoo, and she deserves immense credit for the performance.
Tatyana McFadden, United States
There are plenty of marathoners that deserve immense credit for running the best races of their lives Sunday, but the most notable of these athletes has to be Tatyana McFadden of the United States.
Not only did McFadden win the women's wheelchair race in London, but she also won in Boston just six days prior. McFadden won for herself and her family, and her victory allowed home-town fans to use the sport as a solace from their sadness, and as a way to find closure.
McFadden won’t receive mainstream publicity like many of the other racers, but the impact she had on the United States fanbase and the marathon community as a whole in the wake of the tragedy in Boston is undeniable.