Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede and Kenya's Priscah Jeptoo won the men's and women's London Marathon, respectively, on Sunday amid heavy security measures and at which the victims of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon last week were remembered.
Kebede, a bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the winner of the London Marathon in 2010, eked out a victory in the last kilometer from Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai with a time of 2:06:14, while Jeptoo, the current Olympic silver medalist, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:20:14, the same time that earned her third place in last year's race.
Britain's Prince Harry was the person tasked with presenting the medals at the finish line, and he said that he had "never" intended not to be on hand at the winner's podium despite concerns raised by the Boston bombings last Monday that killed three and wounded more than 170.
Before the start of the race, in which more than 36,000 runners took part, the competitors observed a minute of silence out of respect for those affected by the Boston attack, while along the 42-kilometer (26-mile) route were deployed 40 percent more police than last year to help guarantee the safety of runners and the public.
The race began in Greenwich, southeast of London, and passed by iconic locations in the metropolitan area, including Parliament and Buckingham Palace, before concluding in The Mall near St. James Palace. EFE