Kebede achieves second London Marathon victory

London, April 21 (IANS) Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede overtook 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai in the closing stages to win his second title at the London Marathon here Sunday.

The 26-year-old Kebede, who won the race here in 2010, clocked 2:06.03 for the top honours, reports Xinhua.

Mutai finished second with 2:06.34 and another Ethiopian Ayele Abshero was third with 2:06.57.

In the women’s race, Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya cashed in on a dramatic fall by Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia to win in 2:20.15.

Jeptoo, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist, beat compatriot Edna Kiplagat and Japan’s Yoko Shibui to second and third places.

Gelana collided with Canadian wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy at a water station.

The London Marathon, held one week after the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, drew some 36,000 runners. A 30-second silence was maintained before the men’s race to pay respect to the victims of the Boston Marathon.

The race has also pledged to donate two pounds for every finisher to the One Fund Boston, which means more than $100,000 will go to help those most affected by the explosions.

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