Kebede and Jeptoo Win London Marathon

Boston Marathon wheelchair winner victorius

Joe Spring

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Six days after the bombings in Boston, Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede overpowered Kenya’s Emmanuel Mutai in the final mile to win the London Marathon, a race with no security scares, roughly 35,000 competitors, and more than half a million spectators.

Kebede won the men’s race with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 4 seconds. Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race with a time of 2 hours, 20 minutes, and 15 seconds. After winning the women’s wheelchair title in Boston, American Tatyana McFadden celebrated her 24th birthday by taking the same event in London. “There was never a doubt that I was not going to run,” she said. “And I was going to run for the people back in Boston — the people who lost loved ones or who are newly injured.”

The only blemish to the race occurred when a men’s wheelchair competitor, Josh Cassidy, ran into Olympian Tiki Gelana as she went to get a drink. The Ethiopian finished 16th and Cassidy finished 20th.

A moment of silence for the victims in Boston was held before the start of the men’s race. Many spectators cheering along the course waved American flags and held banners up about Boston. “I was surprised so many people on the way cheering us,” Jeptoo said. “And that shows there was no fear for those people.”

For more, read “Festive and Defiant, London Runs a Marathon for Boston.”

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