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2014 London Marathon

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2014 London Marathon
Venue  London, England, United Kingdom
Date  13 April 2014 (2014-04-13)
Men  Wilson Kipsang (2:04:29) (Elite) Marcel Hug (1:32:41) (Wheelchair)
Women  Edna Kiplagat (2:20:19) (Elite) Tatyana McFadden (1:45:12) (Wheelchair)

The 2014 London Marathon took place on Sunday 13 April 2014. It was the 34th running of the annual mass-participation marathon race and the second World Marathon Major of the year.

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The men's elite race was won by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang and the women's race was won by Kenyan Edna Kiplagat. The men's wheelchair race was won by Switzerland's Marcel Hug and the women's wheelchair race was won by American Tatyana McFadden. Kipsang and McFadden set course records.

Race description

The 2014 London Marathon was held on 13 April 2014. One of the largest crowds in London Marathon history, with spectators standing 10 to 15 people deep, turned out to cheer on the competitors in warm weather. The race began in Greenwich in South East London, passing by many of London's most famous landmarks, before finishing on The Mall.

Men's race

The men's elite race featured a particularly strong field, including marathon world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, reigning Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, 2013 London Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede, and London course-record holder Emmanuel Mutai. Other notable competitors included Geoffrey Mutai, who unofficially ran the fastest marathon ever; Ayele Abshero, who has the fastest marathon debut; Xiamen and Dublin marathon champion Feyisa Lelisa; Paris Marathon champion Stanley Biwott; two-time New York Marathon champion Marilson dos Santos, and 2011 world 10,000 metres champion Ibrahim Jeilan. British Olympic 10,000 metres Gold medallist Mo Farah, who ran half the marathon in 2013, drew significant interest in his home country and internationally. It was the first-ever marathon for Farah, often hailed as one of the greatest distance track runners in history.

Entering the final mile, two Kenyans led the race: 2012 London Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang and Stanley Biwott. Kipsang pulled away over the last mile, to win the race in 2 hours 4 minutes 29 seconds. Biwott finished second in a personal best 2:04:55. Ethiopians Kebede and Abshero followed, finishing the race in tandem, 2 minutes off the winning time and placing third and fourth respectively. Tsegaye Mekonnen, Geoffrey Mutai, Emmanuel Mutai, Farah and Lilesa formed the chasing pack, finishing 5th to 9th respectively, 4 minutes off the winning time. American Ryan Vail rounded out the top 10 runners, coming in at 02:10:57.

Wilson Kipsang's winning time was a course record and the 16th-fastest marathon in history.

Women's race

The women's race came down to a sprint finish between two Kenyans, Edna Kiplagat and Florence Kiplagat. Edna Kiplagat won the battle of the two unrelated women and finished in a time of 2:20:21, five minutes slower than the course record set by Paula Radcliffe in 2005. Florence Kiplagat finished second, three seconds back. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia finished third in her marathon debut after winning gold medals in the 10,000 metres during the previous two Olympic games.

Wheelchair races

American Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair marathon race for the second consecutive year, re-breaking the course record she established in 2013. It was her first marathon of the year after taking a short sabbatical from the sport to compete in the sit-ski cross-country during the 2014 Winter Paralympics, where she won Silver.

In the men's wheelchair race, a week after winning the Paris Marathon, Marcel Hug beat his long-time rival David Wier in a sprint finish to take his first London title, having finished second in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

The non-elite marathon had 30,825 registered entrants including celebrities and Members of Parliament. One man died in hospital after collapsing after the finish line. Millions of pounds were raised for charity by the run's participants.

Death of runner

Robert Berry, a runner from Newbury, Berkshire, collapsed at the finish line and the 42-year-old was pronounced dead after being transferred to St. Mary's Hospital. He was raising money for The National Osteoporosis Society as his mother had the condition. He had reported difficulty breathing before starting. Berry was the twelfth runner to die at the London Marathon in its 34-year history. The previous was 30-year-old Claire Squires in 2012. Tributes flooded in and donations were made to Berry's JustGiving page.

References

2014 London Marathon Wikipedia


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