Kenyans Keitany and Wanjiru win the 2017 London Marathon

Kenyan runner Mary Keitany has broken Paula Radcliffe’s women’s-only world record to win today’s London Marathon.

35-year-old Keitany crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 17 minutes one second, the second-fastest time in history.

Her time was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran when she won the event in 2005.

“It was a great day for me. It was really amazing, to run the best time.

“The weather was good at the beginning, it was nice for me and my pace. I’ve run my best.” – Mary Keitany

Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, won the men’s race in 2:05:56.

Speaking to BBC Sport, after the race Wanjiru said he felt comfortable running at world-record pace for sections of the race, He added he is still aiming to break Dennis Kimetto’s time of 2:02:57, set in Berlin in 2014.

“In the beginning the race was very fast and we were inside world record pace. It was the pace I was preparing for.

“We tried to maintain that pace for half of the race. From there it was becoming tougher and tougher. The sun was coming and the day was beautiful – but we don’t need too much sun!” – Daniel Wanjiru

Tweeting after the end of the race, Daniel said: “I did it! Am very proud. Can’t believe it…”

Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia came second while another Kenyan Bedan Karoki finished third with a time of 2:07:41.

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