Kenya’s Mary Keitany broke the women’s-only world record to win the London Marathon on Sunday when she crossed the finish line in a record time of 2:17:01. It is the second fastest time in history.
In an interview with the BBC, Keitany said: “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.”
When Keitany first broke into the scene she hit the ground running with a silver at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships, becoming the World Half Marathon Champion two years later.
She won the 2012 London Marathon with a personal best of 2:18:37 – making her the second fastest woman ever in the event.
Her personal best of 1:05:50 in the half marathon is the former women’s world record. She also held the world record in the women’s 16 kilometres (50:05), 20 kilometres (62:36), and the 25 kilometres (1:19:53).