2017 London Marathon - Virgin Money London Marathon

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London, England
April 23, 2017
Running history was made today when the greatest field assembled in women's marathoning history battled against each other. Mary Keitany ran the fastest marathon ever in an women's only race and she did so in mind-boggling fashion as she ran the first half more than a minute faster than any woman in history. Tirunesh Dibaba had a historic run as well, putting herself third on the all-time list in 2:17:56. On the American front, Laura Thweatt had a super impressive run, taking almost 3-minutes off her PB to finish sixth in 2:25:38. *MB: Laura Thweatt 2:25:38 in London, #7 all-time US
A great back-and-forth between Kenya's Daniel Wanjiru and all-time great Kenenisa Bekele saw Wanjiru win a close race 9 seconds ahead of Bekele in 2:05:48.

Mary Keitany won more than $300,000 today

$55,000 for the win, $100,000 for sub-2:18, $25,000 for the course record and $125,000 for the world record.

RRW: London Marathon Women Could Tackle All-Women's World Record

There was talk at the London press conference of Paula Radcliffe's 2:17:42 "all-women" WR as the pacemakers are targettign a 69-min first half.

RRW: American Elites Kellyn Taylor, Laura Thweatt Ready for London Marathon Debuts

The 2:28-women both will run their first marathon in over a year as Taylor last raced at the Olympic Trials and Thweat hasn't run a marathon since her debut at NYC 2015.

Television and Streaming Info and Start Times For 2017 London Marathon

Americans Laura Thweatt and Kellyn Taylor Are Racing The 2017 London Marathon - How Fast Will They Go?

The Greatest Women's Marathon Ever? London 2017 Is Absurdly Loaded; How Fast Will Mary Keitany Go?

The London Marathon website has called this "the best elite women’s field ever assembled," and they may be right. There are four sub-2:20 women and four more sub-2:22, including world champ Mare Dibaba, Chicago champ Florence Kiplagat and Berlin champ Aberu Kebede. Plus track studs Tirunesh Dibaba and Vivian Cheruiyot (who is making her debut).

RRW: After Dubai Disappointment, Kenenisa Bekele Optimistic For London Marathon

Bekele: "Every time I'm excited when I'm running marathon."

2017 London Marathon Men's Preview: Kenenisa Bekele Takes on Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Feyisa Lilesa, Abel Kirui & Rising Star Daniel Wanjiru in Another Stacked Race

Even without Eliud Kipchoge, the 2017 London race is LOADED as Bekele (Berlin), Ghebreslassie (NYC), Kirui (Chicago) & Wanjiru (Amsterdam) all won big fall marathons, while Lilesa took Olympic silver in Rio. Kenyan stud Bedan Karoki ('15 World XC/'16 World Half silver) is also making his debut.

Jo Pavey Added To Star Studded Virgin Money London Marathon Elite Women's Field

Pavey's PB is 2:28:24 from her debut in 2011. Now, she hopes to run under 2:36 and finish as the top 2 Brits to earn selection to the 2017 World team.

2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Women's Elite Field: Olympic Champion Jemima Sumgong Will Face Mary Keitany, Tirunesh Dibaba, Olympic Bronze Medalist Mare Dibaba And Vivian Cheruiyot In Her Debut

The field is stacked as usual with 7 women who have ran under 2:21 and also includes Chicago champion Florence Kiplagat, Berlin winner Aberu Kebede and and former London winners Tigist Tufa (2015) and Aselefech Mergia (2010). Team USA will get some representation from Laura Thweatt and Kellyn Taylor.

4 Thoughts on the 2017 London Marathon Men's Field: London's STACKED Once Again, Who's Left To Face Galen Rupp Boston, Bedan Karoki's Debut, and Can Kenenisa Bekele's Body Hold Up?

We analyze the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon men's field.

2017 London Marathon Field Announced: Kenenisa Bekele Leads The Entrants

The field features four who have broken 2:05 and seven who have broken 2:06. LetsRun.com analysis coming later today.

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