Daniel Wanjiru wins the men's elite race at the London Marathon

Richard Parry
Finishing line | Daniel Wanjiru wins the men's elite race: Reuters / Matthew Childs

Kenyan runner Daniel Wanjiru has won the men’s elite race at the London Marathon.

The 24-year-old held off the challenge of long-distance legend Kenenisa Bekele, the man who holds the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres world records as well as eight Olympic and world titles.

He finished with a time of two hours five minutes and 48 seconds.

It was the biggest victory of his career, having previously won the 2016 Amsterdam Marathon.

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Earlier in the day, his Kenyan compatriot Mary Keitany won the Elite Women’s race and set a new world record time in the process.

The 35-year-old broke Paul Radcliffe’s 12-year women’s only marathon record with a time of two hours 17 minutes and one second.

Elsewhere, David Weir won his seventh London Marathon in the men’s elite wheelchair race, while Manuela Schär won the women’s equivalent.

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