Addis Ababa -Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye Kebede finished second in the Flora London Marathon on Sunday. He clocked 2:05:20; just 11 seconds trailing the Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru.
Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru from Kenya wins the race in a new course record time of 2:05:09.
The Kenyan, 22, battled with Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede to take the win after he finished second last year, according to BBC Sport.
“I am very happy to see I got the course record, maybe next year I will break the world record,” said Wanjiru to BBC.
Olympic bronze medallist Tsegaye finished second while silver-medallist Jaouad Gharib finished in third.
And it was Wanjiru who led the field from the start as the pace setters started at blistering speed, running 45 seconds below world record pace after 45 minutes.
By the mid-way point Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie’s six-month-old world record of 2:03.59 looked like it could be in serious danger.
“From the start the pace was good but the last 10km were very hard, the course was up and down and I ran alone,” Wanijuru commented.
The three Olympic medallists Tsegaye, Wanjiru and Gharib pulled away to battle it out after 18 miles, still on pace to set run a world record time, but the early pace began to take a toll as the three slowed.
Wanjiru and Tsegaye battled it out over the final three miles until finally Wanjiru burst clear to cross the line in the seventh fastest marathon time ever run.
Tsegaye followed him in second with Moroccan Gharib in third, both finishing in personal best times, according to the report.
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