Limo wins on London Marthon debut
Limo was competing in the London Marathon for the first time.
LONDON, England -- Kenyan Felix Limo outsprinted team mate and defending champion Martin Lel to win the London marathon on Sunday.
Limo, 25, was running for the first time in London after recording wins in Rotterdam, Berlin and Chicago.
He clocked two hours six minutes and 39 seconds to win by two seconds from Lel, with South African Hendrick Ramaala 14 seconds adrift in third place.
The leading men's contenders, including race favorite and four-times world 10,000 meters champion Haile Gebrselassie remained tightly bunched on a cool, wet morning until the 30km mark when Kenyan Evans Rutto accelerated to the front.
Rutto was unable to shake off the pack and the next break came at 38km when Kenyan Rogers Rop and Lel moved away.
Ramaala responded before Limo and Lel made their final move. The pair ran stride for stride until Limo surged over the final meters to win by two seconds.
Kastor was the winner of last year's Chicago Marathon.
Olympic bronze medallist Deena Kastor cruised to an untroubled win in the women's race, after an early break split the elite field.
The 33-year-old American, winner of last year's Chicago race, clocked a personal best of two hours 19 minutes 36 seconds in a perfectly judged run.
Kastor joined Kenyans Susan Chepkemei and Saina Kosgei in a break within the first 3km behind two male pacemakers.
The trio went through 15km in 49 minutes 41 seconds before Kosgei dropped away.
Chepkemei tracked Kastor until 25km when the American pulled away.
She passed the 30km mark in 1:39:08 and held on to win ahead of Russian Lydmila Petrova who made a late run to relegate Chepkemei to third place.
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