London Marathon results
The Virgin London Marathon results of 2011 brought a clean sweep for the Kenyans in the men's race, with Emmanuel Mutai registering a record-breaking time in the event of 2:04 on a warm and sunny day in April. He finished 1:05 minutes ahead of fellow Kenyans Martin Lel in second and Patrick Makau in third.
In the women's race Kenyan Mary Keitany kept the flag flying high for the African nation by winning the women's race in 2:19.17, 56 seconds ahead of Russian Liliya Shobukhova in what turned out to he the fourth fastest women's race in the marathon's history. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya took third. Britain's David Weir, who is expected to be one of the stars of next year's Paralympics, claimed first place in the wheelchair race.
The London Marathon 2012 will take place on Sunday April 22. The London Marathon is one of the five major long distance running events in the world. Collectively known as the World Marathon Majors, these are Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York City.
The World Marathon Major series is judged over two calendar years. Athletes who compete in the marathons in this time span are awarded points for finishing in places one to five. Their final total is made up of their four highest ranks in races run over the two years. At the end of the series a prize of $100,000 is split equally between the men's and women's champion. Emmanuel Mutai currently tops the men's leader board with 55 points. Liliya Shobukhova leads the women's with 65.