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London Marathon 2017: Kenya's Mary Keitany breaks women's only world record

Kenya's Mary Jepkosgei Keitany celebrates winning the Women's Elite race. Photograph: (Reuters)

Reuters London, United Kingdom Apr 23, 2017, 11.10 AM (IST)

Kenya's Mary Keitany broke the women's only world record en route to her third London Marathon gold medal on Sunday, finishing in a time of 2:17.01 hours to beat Paula Radcliffe's time of 2:17.42 set in London in 2005.

Radcliffe still holds the overall record of 2:15.25, which she set in a mixed gender race at the London Marathon in 2003.

The IAAF recognises two marathon world records for women, one for "mixed gender" and the other for "women only".

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia finished Sunday's race 56 seconds adrift in second place, while Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia was third.

(Reuters)

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