2011 London Marathon

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31st London Marathon
VenueLondon, England, United Kingdom
Dates17 April 2011
MenEmmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai (2:04:44)
WomenMary Jepkosgei Keitany (2:19:19)
Wheelchair menDavid Weir (1:30:05)
Wheelchair womenAmanda McGrory (1:46:31)
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Runners in the mass race passing through Tooley Street

The 2011 London Marathon was the 31st running of the annual marathon race in London, England, which took place on Sunday, 17 April. The elite men's race was won by Kenya's Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai in a course record time of 2:04:40 hours and the elite women's race was won by Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, also of Kenya, in 2:19:19.

Mutai's win made him the fourth-fastest ever over the distance. Runner-up Martin Lel sprinted to the line to beat Patrick Makau Musyoki, completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium. Keitany became the fourth-fastest woman ever, while defending champion Liliya Shobukhova came second with a Russian record time (later annulled due to doping).[1][2]

In the elite wheelchair racing marathon, Briton David Weir beat the defending champion Josh Cassidy to claim his fifth title at the event – the most in the history of the competition.[3] London's 2009 women's wheelchair winner Amanda McGrory won her second title in a course record time of 1:46:31 hours.[4]

In the under-17 Mini Marathon, the 3-mile able-bodied and wheelchair events were won by Robbie Farnham-Rose (14:22), Jessica Judd (15:38), Sheikh Muhidin (12:41) and Jade Jones (13:44).[5]

A total of 163,926 people applied to enter the race, with 50,532 having their application accepted and 35,303 reaching the start line.[6] Among those starters 34,688 runners, 22,427 men and 12,261 women, finished the race.[7] A total of 35 Guinness World Records were set at the competition.[8] The majority of the records were for completing the fastest race in a certain costume, but others included the fastest couple and fastest parent-child pairings. German Uli Killian solved 100 Rubik's Cube puzzles whilst completing the race.[9] Steve Chalke, a Christian social activist, improved the record for the most funds raised for charity through a marathon run, raising £2.3 million for his Oasis Charitable Trust – beating his own record set at the previous year's race.[10] The largest age group present at the race were men in their 30s, followed by men in their 40s. The joint-youngest runners were Michael Bennett and Helen Nutter, both taking part on their eighteenth birthdays (the minimum allowable age), while the oldest participant was 87-year-old Paul Freedman.[11]

Going against the traditionally strict invitational criteria for the elite races, an additional nine Japanese women were a late addition to the field. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Tōhoku region of Japan meant that the Nagoya Women's Marathon (a qualifier for the 2011 World Championships) was cancelled and a sympathetic agreement between the London race organisers and the Japan Association of Athletics Federations resulted in London taking the role of the cancelled Nagoya race.[12][13]

The 2011 London Marathon marked the last time that Dave Bedford acted as the sole race director, with Hugh Brasher (son of former runner Chris Brasher) joining Bedford in a joint role in 2012, and later taking full responsibility.[14]


Elite men[edit]

Emmanuel Mutai en route to his course record win
Martin Lel sprinted to take second place.
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai  Kenya 2:04:40 CR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Martin Lel  Kenya 2:05:45
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Patrick Makau Musyoki  Kenya 2:05:45
4 Marílson Gomes dos Santos  Brazil 2:06:34
5 Tsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia 2:07:48
6 Jaouad Gharib  Morocco 2:08:26
7 Dmitry Safronov  Russia 2:09:35
8 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  Mongolia 2:11:35 NR
9 Michael Shelley  Australia 2:11:38
10 Viktor Röthlin   Switzerland 2:12:44
11 Carlos Cordero  Mexico 2:13:13
12 Jason Lehmkuhle  United States 2:13:40
13 Lee Merrien  United Kingdom 2:14:27
14 Andrew Lemoncello  United Kingdom 2:15:24
15 José Manuel Martínez  Spain 2:15:25
16 Jesper Faurschou  Denmark 2:16:15
17 Tomas Luna Dominguez  Mexico 2:16:58
18 David Webb  United Kingdom 2:17:41
19 Daniel Vargas  Mexico 2:19:26
20 John Gilbert  United Kingdom 2:19:28
Abel Kirui  Kenya DNF
James Kwambai  Kenya DNF
Stanley Biwott  Kenya DNF
Jairus Chanchima  Kenya DNF
Patrick Smyth  United States DNF
Fred Kosgei  Kenya DNF
Lee Troop  Australia DNF
Shadrack Kosgei  Kenya DNF
Yonas Kifle  Eritrea DNF
Mo Trafeh  United States DNF
Ahmad Abdullah  Qatar DNF
Stephen Shay  United States DNF
Arturo Regules  Mexico DNF
Collis Birmingham  Australia DNF

Elite women[edit]

Mary Keitany won the women's race and became the fourth-fastest woman ever.
Liliya Shobukhova was second in a Russian record time.
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Mary Jepkosgei Keitany  Kenya 2:19:19
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:20:46
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bezunesh Bekele  Ethiopia 2:23:42
4 Atsede Baysa  Ethiopia 2:23:50
5 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 2:24:09
6 Irina Mikitenko  Germany 2:24:24
7 Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 2:24:33
8 Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 2:24:34
9 Askale Tafa  Ethiopia 2:25:24
10 Azusa Nojiri  Japan 2:25:29
11 Yoshiko Fujinaga  Japan 2:25:40
12 Zhu Xiaolin  China 2:26:28
13 Noriko Matsuoka  Japan 2:26:54
14 Madaí Perez  Mexico 2:27:02
15 Lornah Kiplagat  Netherlands 2:27:57
16 Jo Pavey  United Kingdom 2:28:24
17 Madoka Ogi  Japan 2:29:52
18 Mizuho Nasukawa  Japan 2:30:00
19 Louise Damen  United Kingdom 2:30:00
20 Magdalena Lewy-Boulet  United States 2:31:22
21 Risa Shigetomo  Japan 2:31:28
22 Susan Partridge  United Kingdom 2:34:13
23 Zhou Chunxiu  China 2:34:29
24 Helen Davies  United Kingdom 2:35:43
25 Paula Apolonio  Mexico 2:35:47
26 Tanith Maxwell  South Africa 2:39:07
27 Kirsten Melkevik Otterbu  Norway 2:39:16
28 Yurika Nakamura  Japan 2:41:22
29 Liz Yelling  United Kingdom 2:41:34
Aselefech Mergia  Ethiopia DNF
Iness Chepkesis Chenonge  Kenya DNF
Anikó Kálovics  Hungary DNF
  • There were multiple retrospective doping disqualifications in the women's race. Original runner-up Liliya Shobukhova had her Russian record of 2:20:15 annulled. Tenth place Mariya Konovalova and fifteenth place Inga Abitova (both also of Russia) had their runs of 2:25:18 and 2:26:31 disqualified.

Wheelchair men[edit]

David Weir and Heinz Frei duelling in the men's wheelchair race
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) David Weir  United Kingdom 1:30:05
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Heinz Frei   Switzerland 1:30:07
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tomasz Hamerlak  Poland 1:30:54
4 Roger Puigbò  Spain 1:30:55
5 Josh Cassidy  Canada 1:30:56
6 Nobukazu Hanaoka  Japan 1:30:57
7 Saúl Mendoza  Mexico 1:31:01
8 Choke Yasuoka  Japan 1:31:01
9 Denis Lemeunier  France 1:31:01
10 Jordi Jiménez  Spain 1:34:41
11 Marcel Hug   Switzerland 1:35:35
12 Simon Lawson  United Kingdom 1:43:19
13 Hiroyuki Yamamoto  Japan 1:43:39
14 Mark Telford  United Kingdom 1:45:54
15 Richard Colman  Australia 1:49:03

Wheelchair women[edit]

Action from the women's wheelchair race
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Amanda McGrory  United States 1:46:31 CR
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Shelly Woods  United Kingdom 1:46:31
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Sandra Graf   Switzerland 1:46:33
4 Tatyana McFadden  United States 1:46:34
5 Diane Roy  Canada 1:57:03
6 Sarah Piercy  United Kingdom 2:25:13


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