Mary Keitany writes new record as Wanjiru wins in London Marathon

Photo caption; Mary Keitany sets a new a world record by winning London Marathon in 2: 17:01 on Sunday. PHOTO COURTESY  

Kenyan athletes rarely disappoint and that was the case when the 2017 London Marathon was flagged off on Sunday in England.

Mary Keitany and Daniel Wanjiru did not only uphold Kenyan’s dominance in the race but made headlines and wrote history as well.

Keitany, aged 35, like a lightning bolt shoved off from a group of athletes to win the women’s race in 2:17:01, breaking by 41 seconds the record set in 2005 by British Paula Radcliffe.

The record is also the second fastest in history after Radcliffe’s 2:15:25, in 2003 when she ran with two male pacemakers.

Meanwhile, Samuel Wanjiru overcame competition from experienced Kenenisa Bekele when he crossed the line in 2:05:56 ahead of the Ethiopian.

The 24-yearl old Wanjiru maintained his pace midway to the finish line to defeat by nine seconds Bekele who holds the 5,000m and 10,000m world records.