Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, won the men’s race in 2:05:56, with Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia second. Bekele – the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder – looked to be mounting a challenge in the final stages, but Wanjiru found enough pace to finish strongly and eventually win by nine seconds.
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia was the runner-up in the women’s race, clocking a time of 2:17:56.
The 35-year old Kenyan Mary Keitan clocked the second-fastest time in history and her time was as 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005. Ethiopia golden girl Tirunesh Dibaba was the runner-up in the women’s race, clocking a time of 2:17:56 and her country-fellow Aselefech Mergia finished third in the race with 2:23:08.
Men’s Title Results
1. Daniel Wanjiru (KENYA) 2:05:48
2. Kenenisa Bekele (ETHIOPIA) 2:05:57
3. Dedan Karoki (KENYA) 2:07:41
Women’s Title Results
1. Mary Keitany (KENYA) 2:17:01
2. Tirunesh Dibaba (ETHIOPIA) 2:17:56
3. Aselefech Mergia (ETHIOPIA) 2:23:08