The men’s race
Debut win for Pinto
In almost perfect conditions, former racing cyclist Antonio Pinto of Portugal won his first major title in his first London Marathon. He fended off the challenge of Thomas Robert Naali of Tanzania, originally in the race as pacemaker, and Tena Negere of Ethiopia, to win in 2:10:02. Jan Huruk of Poland made his usual late burst to finish runner-up.
The women’s race
And a debut win for Dorre
Reigning women’s champion Rosa Mota never made it to the finish line, dropping out in Docklands with a repeat of the stomach problem which had ruined her World Championship race in Tokyo the previous year. Her title went to Germany’s Katrin Dorre in a relatively slow time of 2:29:39.
The wheelchair race
Surprise wins for Wesley and Grey
Canadian Daniel Wesley won the 10th London Wheelchair Marathon after a 5-way battle over the last mile and a half. Wesley out-sprinted the 1989 champion David Holding in the last few metres, with Switzerland’s world record holder Heinz Frei in 3rd and Sweden’s Bo Lindqvist 4th. All four broke the old course record.
A diminutive Welsh student called Tanni Grey emerged as a surprise winner of the women’s race beating her close rival and British record holder Rose Hill after they had been locked together for much of the race.