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Jeptoo and Kebede claim London Marathon honours

Guy Aspin

Published 21/04/2013 | 12:31

Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo crosses the finish line as she wins the Women's Elite race during the Virgin London Marathon in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 21, 2013. See PA Story ATHLETICS London. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo crosses the finish line as she wins the Women's Elite race during the Virgin London Marathon in London

Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo went one better than her London 2012 Olympics silver by winning the Virgin London Marathon today.

The 28-year-old clocked two hours 20 minutes 15 seconds to win comfortably ahead of her fellow countrywoman Edna Kiplagat.

Japan's Yikiko Akaby was a surpise third, with Olympic champion Tiki Gelana paying the price for a nasty fall.

The Ethiopean collided with wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy after 15 kilometres as she cut inside to get to a drinks station and paid the price later in the race.

Jeptoo's time was the fastest in the world this year, but there was also reason to cheer for Susan Partridge - the first Briton home in ninth.

Her time of 2hrs 30mins 46secs was a huge personal best and inside the qualifying time for August's World Championships in August.

Amy Whitehead was the second Briton home in 13th in 2:34.14.

Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede timed his race to perfection has he chased down runaway leader Emmanuel Mutai, passing the Kenyan in the final mile to win the men's race.

The 26-year-old was 49 seconds adrift in fifth place at the 35km mark, but finished strongly to cross the line in an unofficial time of 2:06.04.

The tiring Mutai, who hit the front between the 36 and 37km marks and looked on course for victory before being reeled in, hung on for second place, some 30 seconds back.

Kebede's fellow Ethiopian Ayele Abshero was third.

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