3:21 pm - Thursday March 19, 3699

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa wins London Marathon women’s race


Tufa finishes 18 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Mary Keitany

Sonia Samuels is first British runner to finish
marathon tufa
Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa celebrates after winning the London Marathon women’s race Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/REUTER

In a relatively slow race – her time was more than eight minutes slower than Paula Radcliffe’s world record set in 2003 – Tufa finished a comfortable 18 seconds clear of Kenya’s two-time winner, Mary Keitany. Tufa’s compatriot Tirfi Tsegaye finished third.

Sonia Samuels was the leading British runner in 16th place, with a time of 2:31:45; well under the qualifying time for the Rio Olympics.

In her final marathon, Paula Radcliffe ran a strong first half, reaching the 30km mark in 1:50:22.

Filed in: Sport