2013 London Marathon Women's Race: Priscah Jeptoo Finishes First in Race Marred by Wheelchair Collision

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2013 London Marathon Women's Race: Priscah Jeptoo Finishes First in Race Marred by Wheelchair Collision

Post by Sibiter » Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:53 am

by Weldon Johnson, LetsRun.com April 21, 2013Eight months after getting Olympic silver on the streets of London, Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya crossed the finish line first at Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon.If Jeptoo was seeking redemption over Olympic champion Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia, Jeptoo did not get it here. Unfortunately this race will be remembered for one thing, wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy plowing into the Olympic champion Tiki Gelana just past the 15km mark and knocking Gelana down. Gelana went down hard, very hard. Fortunately, neither Gelana nor Cassidy was seriously hurt in the collision. Gelana would  rejoin the lead back before fading and courageously finishing in 2:36.55.Full video of the fall below that shows the wheelchair racers approaching at a high rate of speed and Gelana unaware cutting over to her water bottle sharply:A wheelchair racer and a runner colliding is something that can not happen at any race. Something must be changed before next year’s race as the clip shows this was a disaster waiting to happen.While the fall detracted from Jeptoo’s win, it should not detract from the marvelous race she ran as she powered away from World Champion Edna Kiplagat over the final miles to win in 2:20:15 to Kiplagat’s 2:21:32 as Yukiko Akaba of Japan moved up for 3rd in 2:24:43.The women reached the half-way mark in a modest time for this field, which included four sub-2:20 women, of 1:11:49 as nine women were still in contention. They had started quickly (16:36, for the first 5k which is 2:20 flat pace) then slowed tremendously the next 5k (17:35 2nd 5k which is 2:28:33 pace), before dealing with the fall. After the fall, Gelana would rejoin the lead pack and remain with the leaders nearly through 25k, so she managed to run nearly 10km with the lead after the fall.Priscah Jeptoo in front of Buckingham Palace

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