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#LondonMarathon Kenyan star smashes World Record

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The pride of Kenya.

play Mary Keitany crosses the finish line to win the 2017 Women's London Marathon. (Reuters)

Mary Keitany on Sunday broke the women’s-only world record as she won the 2017 London Marathon.

Keitany crossed the finish line at a time of 2hours17mins and one second, to claim victory.

The new record is 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Paula Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005.

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play Mary Keitany celebrates after winning the 2017 London Marathon. (PA)

 

Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba and Aselefech Mergia finished second and third clocking times of 2:17:56 and 2:23:08 respectively.

The win was Keitany's third victory in London after taking first place in 2011 and 2012.

In the men’s race, Kenya’s Daniel Wanjiru won in 2:05:56 to hold off a stiff challenge from pre-race favourite Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia.

play Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru crosses the finish line to win the men's 2017 London Marathon. (Reuters)

 

The victory was the biggest career win for Wanjiru as he enters the elite club of marathon greats.

Wanjiru was fourth in the Prague Marathon after clocking 2:09:00 and later won the Amsterdam Marathon in a course record and personal best 2:05:21 in October last year.

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