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Ethiopian Kebede overhauls rival for London Marathon victory

ETHIOPIA'S Tsegaye Kebede snatched victory in the final kilometre of the London Marathon in an unofficial time of two hours six minutes and four seconds today

Kebede, winner in 2010, timed his attack perfectly to overhaul tiring Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, the 2011 champion, and pull away to win by 30 seconds.

 

Ethiopia's Ayele Abshero was third over the 42.195-km race. Last year's champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya finished fifth with Ugandan Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich sixth.

 

Britain's Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres champion Mo Farah had dropped out of the race at the halfway stage as planned.

 

Kenya's Olympic silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo won the women's event in an unofficial time of two hours 20 minutes 15 seconds.

 

World champion Edna Kiplagat was runner up for the second successive year and Japan's Yukiko Akaba took third.

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Jeptoo had been leading with Kiplagat at 30 km but began to increase her pace to leave her rival trailing and eventually won by over a minute.

 

Ethiopia's Olympic champion and pre-race favourite Tiki Gelana dropped off the pace after colliding with a wheelchair athlete at a drinks station at 15 km


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