Martin Lel showed he wasn't going to beaten in a sprint on Sunday (contrary to my post below) and won the Flora London Marathon in an event record 2:05:15. He beat my pick, Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya, who ran a very fast 2:05:24 and Abderrahim Goumry of Morocco, who claimed bronze in 2:05:30. American Ryan Hall ran phenomenally well, posting a fifth-place 2:06:17. That bodes quite well for Beijing. Hall is a solid No. 2 on the USA marathon list now, trailing only Khalid Khannouchi, who has a pair of sub-2:06s on his resume after getting US citizenship. Khannouchi had the London record of 2:05:38 -- until Sunday.
On the women's side in London, German Irena Mikitendo, running only her second marathon, stunned everyone with a 2:24:12 win. She was joined on the podium by Russian runner-up Svetlana Zakharova (2:24:39) and my pre-race favorite, Gete Wami of Ethiopia (2:25:37).
You win some, you lose some, whether you're running or predicting!
For a London Times story, check out: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/article3738093.ece