Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

Mary Keitany of Kenya broke the women's record, previously held by Paula Radcliffe, by running an incredible time of 2:17:01. Radcliffe fought six years ago with the IAAF to ensure her 2003 marathon time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 25 seconds — with two male pacemakers — was still recognized as a record rather than just a world-best. She finished in 2:17:56 for second place and set a new Ethiopian national record while also becoming just the third woman to break 2:18.

The women's-only record was designated after track and field's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federation, changed the criteria for marathon world records in 2011 so that the women's record had to be set in a women-only race.

Jo Pavey insists the chest infections that have dogged her training for Sunday's London Marathon will not impede her chances of qualifying for this summer's British World Championships team.

A record 40,000 people are expected to have taken to the start-line for the 26.2 mile race.

"I've had an incredible week and I'm so pleased to have smashed the course record", she said.

But despite her 43 years, there can not be too many who would back against the athlete her national newspapers have dubbed "Supermum", the woman who made history as the oldest female European champion in 2014 by winning the 10,000m and has appeared in five consecutive Olympics.

"I thought I would run 2:17:59 or something, so to run 2:17:01 is fantastic".

The father-of-two also ran last year's London Marathon dressed as a Stormtrooper.

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Earlier, Britain's six time Paralympic champion David Weir took victory in the men's wheelchair race, beating his rival and last year's victor Marcel Hug in a sprint finish.

Len, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, said: "I keep saying each year will be my last year but I keep giving it another bash".

DCI Paul McKinder is running the marathon for the second time, hoping this year to beat his previous time of five hours. "I don't feel like my body is getting older, but it nearly feels as though my immune system is a bit".

That was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005.

"But I knew I had it in the last corner".

"After the 2016 race which my dad completed, he made a bet that I could never do it".

If you don't get allocated a place from the ballot, or decide you want to compete after the results have been announced, you may be able to secure a charity entry place.Most major charities have a set number of places allocated in the marathon, and you can contact the charity you wish to race for directly to see if they have a spot.

It followed him being dropped early on by the lead group containing Kenya's Bedan Karoki and Abel Kirui, Ethiopia's Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie and Wanjiru.

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