List of winners of the London Marathon

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The London Marathon, one of the five World Marathon Majors,[1] has been contested by men and women annually since 29 March 1981. Set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, the marathon is 26.2 miles (42.2 km) in length[2] and generally regarded as a competitive and unpredictable event, and conducive to fast times.[3]

The inaugural marathon had 7,741 entrants, 6,255 of whom completed the race.[4] The first Men's Elite Race was tied between American Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen, who crossed the finish line holding hands in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 48 seconds.[5] The first Women's Elite Race was won by Briton Joyce Smith in 2:29:57.[5] In 1983, the first wheelchair races took place. Organized by the British Sports Association for the Disabled (BASD), 19 people competed and 17 finished. Gordon Perry of the United Kingdom won the Men's Wheelchair Race, coming in at 3:20:07, and Denise Smith, also of the UK, won the Women's Wheelchair Race in 4:29:03.[6]

Twenty athletes representing the United Kingdom have won the London Marathon a total of forty times. The most recent win by a British athlete was in the 2012 London Marathon, by David Weir in the Men's Wheelchair Race. It was his sixth win in London. Kenya has the second largest number of winning athletes. Nine Kenyan men and seven Kenyan women have been victorious a total of sixteen times, all in the able-bodied category. Eleven men, including those from the wheelchair races, have won the marathon more than once, Weir's six wins being the record. Sixteen women have been winners more than once; Tanni Grey-Thompson won the women's wheelchair race six times between 1992 and 2002.

Course records for the London Marathon have been set ten times in the men's race, seven times in the women's race, fifteen times in the men's wheelchair race, and thirteen times in the women's wheelchair race. World records for marathon running have been set four times. Khalid Khannouchi, representing the United States, set the men's world record in 2:05:38 in 2002. The following year, British runner Paula Radcliffe set the women's world record in 2:15:25, which also stands as the current course record in the Women's Elite Race. Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya set the course record at 2:04:40 in 2011 in the Men's Elite Race. Kurt Fearnley set the Men's Wheelchair Race course record at 1:28:57 in 2009. The course record for the Women's Wheelchair Race was set by American athlete Tatyana McFadden in 2013, with 1:46:02.

Men's Elite Race winners[edit]

Dick Beardsley shared the inaugural London Marathon title with Inge Simonsen.
2009 winner Samuel Wanjiru beat Martin Lel's year-old course record by just five seconds.
Year Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Notes
1981 Beardsley, DickDick Beardsley  United States 2:11:48 Course record; tied with Inge Simonsen
1981 Simonsen, IngeInge Simonsen  Norway 2:11:48 Course record; tied with Dick Beardsley
1982 Jones, HughHugh Jones  United Kingdom 2:09:24 Course record
1983 Gratton, MikeMike Gratton  United Kingdom 2:09:43
1984 Spedding, CharlieCharlie Spedding  United Kingdom 2:09:57
1985 Jones, SteveSteve Jones  United Kingdom 2:08:16 Course record
1986 Seko, ToshihikoToshihiko Seko  Japan 2:10:02
1987 Taniguchi, HiromiHiromi Taniguchi  Japan 2:09:50
1988 Jørgensen, HenrikHenrik Jørgensen  Denmark 2:10:20
1989 Wakiihuri, DouglasDouglas Wakiihuri  Kenya 2:09:03
1990 Hutton, AllisterAllister Hutton  United Kingdom 2:10:10
1991 Tolstikov, YakovYakov Tolstikov  Soviet Union 2:09:17
1992 Pinto, AntónioAntónio Pinto  Portugal 2:10:02
1993 Martin, EamonnEamonn Martin  United Kingdom 2:10:50
1994 Cerón, DionicioDionicio Cerón  Mexico 2:08:53
1995 Cerón, DionicioDionicio Cerón  Mexico 2:08:30 Second victory
1996 Cerón, DionicioDionicio Cerón  Mexico 2:10:00 Third victory
1997 Pinto, AntónioAntónio Pinto  Portugal 2:07:55 Course record; second victory
1998 Antón, AbelAbel Antón  Spain 2:07:57
1999 El Mouaziz, AbdelkaderAbdelkader El Mouaziz  Morocco 2:07:57
2000 Pinto, AntónioAntónio Pinto  Portugal 2:06:36 Course record; third victory
2001 El Mouaziz, AbdelkaderAbdelkader El Mouaziz  Morocco 2:07:09 Second victory
2002 Khannouchi, KhalidKhalid Khannouchi  United States 2:05:38 World marathon record
2003 Abera, GezahegneGezahegne Abera  Ethiopia 2:07:56
2004 Rutto, EvansEvans Rutto  Kenya 2:06:18
2005 Lel, MartinMartin Lel  Kenya 2:07:35
2006 Limo, FelixFelix Limo  Kenya 2:06:39
2007 Lel, MartinMartin Lel  Kenya 2:07:41 Second victory
2008 Lel, MartinMartin Lel  Kenya 2:05:15 Course record; third victory
2009 Wanjiru, SamuelSamuel Wanjiru  Kenya 2:05:10 Course record
2010 Kebede, TsegayeTsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia 2:05:19 Provisional Result
2011 Mutai, EmmanuelEmmanuel Mutai  Kenya 2:04:40 Course record
2012 Kipsang, WilsonWilson Kipsang  Kenya 2:04:44
2013 Kebede, TsegayeTsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia 2:06:04 Second victory
2014 Kipsang, WilsonWilson Kipsang  Kenya 2:04:29 Course record, second win.

Women's Elite Race winners[edit]

Paula Radcliffe won the London Marathon three times in four years, setting the course record twice.
Joyce Chepchumba was the first non-European to win the women's competition.
Year Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Notes
1981 Smith, JoyceJoyce Smith  United Kingdom 2:29:57 Course record
1982 Smith, JoyceJoyce Smith  United Kingdom 2:29:43 Course record; second victory
1983 Waitz, GreteGrete Waitz  Norway 2:25:29 World marathon record
1984 Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:24:26 Course record
1985 Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:21:06 World marathon record; second victory
1986 Waitz, GreteGrete Waitz  Norway 2:24:54 Second victory
1987 Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:22:48 Third victory
1988 Kristiansen, IngridIngrid Kristiansen  Norway 2:25:41 Fourth victory
1989 Marot, VéroniqueVéronique Marot  United Kingdom 2:25:56
1990 Panfil, WandaWanda Panfil  Poland 2:26:31
1991 Mota, RosaRosa Mota  Portugal 2:26:14
1992 Dörre-Heinig, KatrinKatrin Dörre-Heinig  Germany 2:29:39
1993 Dörre-Heinig, KatrinKatrin Dörre-Heinig  Germany 2:27:09 Second victory
1994 Dörre-Heinig, KatrinKatrin Dörre-Heinig  Germany 2:32:34 Third victory
1995 Sobańska, MałgorzataMałgorzata Sobańska  Poland 2:27:43
1996 McColgan, LizLiz McColgan  United Kingdom 2:27:54
1997 Chepchumba, JoyceJoyce Chepchumba  Kenya 2:26:51
1998 McKiernan, CatherinaCatherina McKiernan  Ireland 2:26:26
1999 Chepchumba, JoyceJoyce Chepchumba  Kenya 2:23:22 Second victory
2000 Laroupe, TeglaTegla Laroupe  Kenya 2:24:33
2001 Tulu, DerartuDerartu Tulu  Ethiopia 2:23:57
2002 Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:18:56 Course record
2003 Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:15:25 World marathon record; second victory
2004 Okayo, MargaretMargaret Okayo  Kenya 2:22:35
2005 Radcliffe, PaulaPaula Radcliffe  United Kingdom 2:17:42 Third victory
2006 Kastor, DeenaDeena Kastor  United States 2:19:35
2007 Chunxiu, ZhouZhou Chunxiu  China 2:20:38
2008 Mikitenko, IrinaIrina Mikitenko  Germany 2:24:14
2009 Mikitenko, IrinaIrina Mikitenko  Germany 2:22:11 Second victory
2010 Shobukhova, LiliyaLiliya Shobukhova  Russia 2:22:00
2011 Keitany, MaryMary Keitany  Kenya 2:19:19
2012 Keitany, MaryMary Keitany  Kenya 2:18:37 Second victory
2013 Jeptoo, PriscahPriscah Jeptoo  Kenya 2:20:15
2014 Kiplagat, EdnaEdna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:20:21

Men's Wheelchair Race winners[edit]

Year Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Notes
1983 Perry, GordonGordon Perry  United Kingdom 3:20:07 Course record
1984 Breen, KevinKevin Breen  Ireland 2:38:40 Course record
1985 Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam  United Kingdom 2:19:53 Course record
1986 O'Rourke, GerryGerry O'Rourke  Ireland 2:26:38
1987 Hallam, ChrisChris Hallam  United Kingdom 2:08:34 Course record; second victory
1988 Vince, TedTed Vince  Canada 2:01:37 Course record
1989 Holding, DavidDavid Holding  United Kingdom 1:59:31 Course record
1990 Hakan Ericsson (athlete)Hakan Ericsson  Sweden 1:57:12 Course record
1991 Amarouche, FaridFarid Amarouche  France 1:52:52 Course record
1992 Wesley, DanielDaniel Wesley  Canada 1:51:42 Course record
1993 Vandamme, GeorgeGeorge Vandamme  Belgium 1:44:10 Course record
1994 Holding, DavidDavid Holding  United Kingdom 1:46:06 Second victory
1995 Frei, HeinzHeinz Frei   Switzerland 1:39:14 Course record
1996 Holding, DavidDavid Holding  United Kingdom 1:43:48 Third victory
1997 Holding, DavidDavid Holding  United Kingdom 1:42:15 Fourth victory
1998 Frei, HeinzHeinz Frei   Switzerland 1:35:18 Course record; second victory
1999 Frei, HeinzHeinz Frei   Switzerland 1:35:27 Third victory
2000 Papworth, KevinKevin Papworth  United Kingdom 1:41:50
2001 Lemeunier, DenisDenis Lemeunier  France 1:42:37
2002 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:39:44
2003 Jeannot, JoelJoel Jeannot  France 1:32:02 Course record
2004 Mendoza, SaúlSaúl Mendoza  Mexico 1:36:56
2005 Mendoza, SaúlSaúl Mendoza  Mexico 1:35:51 Second victory
2006 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:29:48 Course record; second victory
2007 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:30:51 Third victory
2008 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:33:56 Fourth victory
2009 Fearnley, KurtKurt Fearnley  Australia 1:28:57 Course record
2010 Cassidy, JoshJosh Cassidy  Canada 1:35:21
2011 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:30:05 Fifth victory
2012 Weir, DavidDavid Weir  United Kingdom 1:32:26 Sixth victory
2013 Fearnley, KurtKurt Fearnley  Australia 1:31:29 Second victory
2014 Hug, MarcelMarcel Hug   Switzerland 1:32:41

Women's Wheelchair Race winners[edit]

Year Athlete Nationality Time
(h:m:s)
Notes
1983 Smith, DeniseDenise Smith  United Kingdom 4:29:03 Course record
1984 McShane, KayKay McShane  Ireland 3:10:04 Course record
1985 McShane, KayKay McShane  Ireland 2:47:12 Course record; second victory
1986 McShane, KayKay McShane  Ireland 3:02:40 Third victory
1987 Davidson, KarenKaren Davidson  United Kingdom 2:45:30 Course record
1988 Davidson, KarenKaren Davidson  United Kingdom 2:41:45 Course record
1989 Cichockyj, JosieJosie Cichockyj  United Kingdom 3:03:54
1990 Hansen, ConnieConnie Hansen  Denmark 2:10:25 Course record
1991 Hansen, ConnieConnie Hansen  Denmark 2:04:40 Course record; second victory
1992 Grey, TanniTanni Grey  United Kingdom 2:17:23
1993 Hill, RoseRose Hill  United Kingdom 2:03:05 Course record
1994 Grey, TanniTanni Grey  United Kingdom 2:08:26 Second victory
1995 Hill, RoseRose Hill  United Kingdom 2:17:02 Second victory
1996 Grey, TanniTanni Grey  United Kingdom 2:00:10 Course record; third victory
1997 Wetterstrom, MonicaMonica Wetterstrom  Sweden 1:49:09 Course record
1998 Grey, TanniTanni Grey  United Kingdom 2:02:01 Fourth victory
1999 Wetterstrom, MonicaMonica Wetterstrom  Sweden 1:57:38 Second victory
2000 Piercy, SarahSarah Piercy  United Kingdom 2:23:30
2001 Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson  United Kingdom 2:13:55 Fifth victory
2002 Grey-Thompson, TanniTanni Grey-Thompson  United Kingdom 2:22:51 Sixth victory
2003 Porcellato, FrancescaFrancesca Porcellato  Italy 2:04:21
2004 Porcellato, FrancescaFrancesca Porcellato  Italy 2:04:58 Second victory
2005 Porcellato, FrancescaFrancesca Porcellato  Italy 1:57:00 Third victory
2006 Porcellato, FrancescaFrancesca Porcellato  Italy 1:59:57 Fourth victory
2007 Woods, ShellyShelly Woods  United Kingdom 1:50:40
2008 Graf, SandraSandra Graf   Switzerland 1:48:04 Course record
2009 McGrory, AmandaAmanda McGrory  United States 1:50:39
2010 Tsuchida, WakakoWakako Tsuchida  Japan 1:52:33
2011 McGrory, AmandaAmanda McGrory  United States 1:46:31 Course record; second victory
2012 Woods, ShellyShelly Woods  United Kingdom 1:49:10 Second victory
2013 McFadden, TatyanaTatyana McFadden  United States 1:46:02 Course record
2014 McFadden, TatyanaTatyana McFadden  United States 1:45:12 Course record

Victories by nationality[edit]

Country Men's
race
Women's
race
Men's
wheelchair
Women's
Wheelchair
Total
 United Kingdom 6 7 14 15 42
 Kenya 10 8 0 0 18
 Norway 1 6 0 0 7
 Ireland 0 1 2 3 6
 United States 2 1 0 4 7
 Germany 0 5 0 0 5
 Mexico 3 0 2 0 5
 Ethiopia 3 1 0 0 4
 Italy 0 0 0 4 4
 Portugal 3 1 0 0 4
  Switzerland 0 0 4 1 5
 Canada 0 0 3 0 3
 Denmark 1 0 0 2 3
 France 0 0 3 0 3
 Japan 2 0 0 1 3
 Sweden 0 0 1 2 3
 Australia 0 0 2 0 2
 Morocco 2 0 0 0 2
 Poland 0 2 0 0 2
 Russia 1 1 0 0 2
 Belgium 0 0 1 0 1
 China 0 1 0 0 1
 Spain 1 0 0 0 1

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "World Marathon Majors". World Marathon Majors. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Steve Cram (presenter) (26 April 2009). "The 2009 London Marathon Highlights". British Broadcasting Corporation. BBC Two.
  3. ^ Cram, Steve (19 May 2009). "London's best by far". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "History of the London Marathon – In the Beginning". London Marathon. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "1981 Race Report". London Marathon. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "1983 Race Report". London Marathon. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 

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