Posted by: Joe English | April 26, 2009

Races — Wanjiru wins London Marathon in new course record

LONDON — Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya continues to be the stunning rising star of marathon running as he wins the 2009 London Marathon in a new course record and personal best time 2:05:10. The race start out on pace to beat the marathon world record through the first-half, but slowed in the second. Wanjiru finished second at London last year in just his second marathon and then went on to win the Olympic Marathon in Beijing last year.

The top three men were the same men that took the podium at Beijing, but in just a slightly different order. Wanjiru finished 10 seconds ahead of Ethiopisa’s Tsegay Kebede (2:05:20), who finished third in Beijing. Jaouad Gharib the Beijing silver medallist came in third in 2:05:27.

Wanjiru, 22, was always a comfortable distance ahead of Kebede, but admitted it was not until the line was in sight that he felt assured of victory.

“It was a very tough field but it wasn’t until the final 150M I felt I would win,” Wanjiru told reporters. “It’s fabulous to have broken the course record, but my main aim was always to win.”

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