The Men's Race:
For the second year in a row, the men's field went out well ahead of world record pace - but for the second year in a row it was not to be. Eight men ran through the half marathon in 1:01:34; and four men were still on WR pace as they passed mile 30K in 1:27:49. But the men could barely hold on and ran 1:04:30 for the second half. After being outkicked for third spot in 2012 and being passed over for an Olympics berth; Tsegaye Kebede did the kicking and busted into the lead ahead of a slowing Emmanuel Mutai. Kebede wins, Mutai runner-up and Ayele Abshero is third.
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The Women's Race:
Tiki Gelana, the Olympic Gold Medalist and fastest woman in the field suffered a collision with a wheelchair and ultimately slowed to barely finish - had she not collided...who knows... Instead, after a slow first half, Priscah Jeptoo, the Olympic Silver Medalist and 2012 London Marathon third finisher, pushed the pace and ran away from the field to easily win in 2:20:15. Edna Kiplagat was second in 2:21:32 and Yukiko Akaba took third place in 2:24:43.
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We wrote the articles below pre-race, but they're still interesting to put it all in perspective...
The Fields/The Preview
The men's race features some of the fastest in the world and 8 of 10 of the previous London Marathon field, the three Olympic medalists and the fastest man to ever run a marathon - all vying to prove they are the best. The women's field holds four women who have run sub-2:20 and a couple more who have come close. Only once have two women run better than 2:20 in the same women's-only marathon. Could we see that or better at London - we're sure they'll be going for it.
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Previous Head-To-Head Performances/Meetings
Many of the elite athletes at the 2013 London Marathon have faced off at other marathons. Take a look at our head-to-head display of all of the past meetings of these runners - you can learn a lot about these athletes by seeing how they've performed against each other in the past.
Previous Elite Head-To-Head Performances
MarathonGuide.com has compiled biographies for many of the top men and women in the field - who they are, why you should care. These are some of the best marathoners in the world - some are race-hardened veterans and others are still fighting to show that they are the best of the best. Anything can happen on race day and it helps to understand who these men and women are.
Men's Race - The Top Competitors
Women's Race - The Top Competitors