A sunny but cold day for new edition of Virgin Money London Marathon.Race started very fast with some miles projected for final times around 2h02 before a nomal slower pace coming to the half.
Haile Gebreselassie did his job of pacer finish a bit early before leaving job to a perfect Richard Sigei who paced the race till 25k.
29:11 at 10k and 62:30 at halfmarathon a bit slower as told of preview before a solo of leading group.
Real Stars of the day was Wilson Kipsang who pushed twice very much making the right selection in first kick staying only with Stanley Biwott and second kick to stay alone in the Mall to win an impressive edition of LondonMarathon in 2h04:29 new CourseRecord.
Wilson Kipsang (Ken) winner in 2h04:29 new CR while second place for Stanley Biwott (Ken) in 2h04:55,new pb for ParisMarathon record holder.
Third placed winner of last year Tsegaye Kebede (Eth) in 2h06:30 at sprint over his compatriot Ayele Abshero (Eth) in 2h06:31.
Fifth placed Tsegaye Mekkoned (Eth) in 2h08:06 for youngest DubaiMarathon winner last January,probably the best growing talent of marathon world
Six placed for Geoffrey Mutai (Ken) not in right day with a normal for him 2h08.18 in front of Emmanuel Mutai (Ken) in 2h08:19 and Mo Farah (Gbr) in 2h08:21.
Not an easy debut for Farah being solo too early but able to run very concentrated all the race.
Of course tired at end,but personally i saw him in a positive day:it missed british record but looked good in future with many good possiblities in marathon.for sure he will not leave track where is absolutely on his future.
Women race was superb with a very good job by pacers at the beginning for an impressive pace of 69:15 .
At 18mile the first big suprise with Priscah Jeptoo incredibly out due to a pop in calf and race lost the main contender..
Surprises non finished when at 30k Tirunesh Dibaba had a problem at water station and lost contact form the Kiplagats who are leading race impressively together..
Last 600m was a fantastic sprint by Edna Kiplagat who beated Florence Kiplagat maybe not in perfect day to distance Edna before..
Edna Kiplagat took gold in 2h20:21 in front of Florence Kiplagat (Ken) in 2h20:24 and Tirunesh Dibaba (Eth) in 2h20:35 at debut.
Fourth placed Tadese Feyse (Eth) in 2h21:42 while Aberu Kebede (Eth) in 2h23:21.
Best surprise of day is debut of Tirunesh Dibaba with also that problem at water station...will study and write more about her.