The men’s race
Taniguchi wins fierce contest
This was one of the most fiercely contested of all London Marathons but it was again a man from Japan who crossed the line first.
Hiromi Taniguchi broke clear of the pack in the final stages of the race to win in 2:09:50 while Britain’s Hugh Jones, running as well as ever, battled it out with Nechadi El Mostafa of Morocco, Gianni Poli of Italy and Geir Kvernmo of Norway for the runner-up spot. Coming on to Westminster Bridge, it was the Moroccan who held off Jones’ finishing sprint. Another former winner, Charlie Spedding, was 8th.
The women’s race
Kristiansen makes it three
Ingrid Kristiansen returned for her 3rd London title, this time in 2:22:48. She made an attempt on her own world best but left herself too much to do in the 2nd half of the race. Veronique Marot, a future winner, was 3rd, as Priscilla Welch took the UK record down to 2:26:51 in 2nd place.
The wheelchair race
Course records for Hallam and Davidson
Racing in headband, sunglasses and bright trousers, Chris Hallam led the men’s wheelchair marathon from start to finish breaking the course record in 2:08:34. Swede Jan Ove-Mattson benefited from the absence of Mike Bishop and defending champion Gerry O’Rourke to finish 2nd, almost 15 minutes behind.
The 1986 runner-up Karen Davidson went one better to win the women’s race in 2:45:30, finishing well ahead of seasoned competitor Denise Smith. Davidson’s time eclipsed Kay MacShane’s course record and was a new British best into the bargain. Teenager Deborah Beales was 3rd.