2011 London Marathon

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

31st London Marathon
VenueLondon, England, United Kingdom
Dates17 April 2011
MenEmmanuel Mutai (2:04:44) (Elite)
David Weir (1:30:05) (Wheelchair)
WomenMary Keitany (2:19:19) (Elite)
Amanda McGrory (1:46:31) (Wheelchair)
← 2010
2012 →
Runners in the mass race passing through Tooley Street

The 2011 London Marathon took place on Sunday, 17 April 2011. The men's elite race saw Emmanuel Mutai win in a course record time to become the fourth-fastest ever over the distance. Runner-up Martin Lel sprinted to the line to beat Patrick Makau, completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium. Mary Keitany became the fourth-fastest woman ever with her winning time, while defending champion Liliya Shobukhova came second with a Russian record time.[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]

Around 35,000 people took part in the mass race and 35 Guinness World Records were set at the competition.[5] 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.[6] 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 Trust – beating his own record set at the previous year's race.[7] 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.[8]

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 International 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.[9][10]

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 before taking full responsibility of the role.[11]


Elite races[edit]

Emmanuel Mutai en route to his course record win
Martin Lel sprinted to take second place.
Elite Men
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Emmanuel Mutai  Kenya 2:04:40 CR
Silver medal icon.svg Martin Lel  Kenya 2:05:45
Bronze medal icon.svg Patrick Makau  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 Abderrahime Bouramdane  Morocco 2:08:42
8 Dmitriy Safronov  Russia 2:09:35
9 Serod Bat-Ochir  Mongolia 2:11:35 NR
10 Michael Shelley  Australia 2:11:38
Mary Keitany won the women's race and became the fourth-fastest woman ever.
Liliya Shobukhova was second in a Russian record time.
Elite women
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:19:19
Silver medal icon.svg Liliya Shobukhova  Russia 2:20:15 NR
Bronze medal icon.svg Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:20:46
4 Bezunesh Bekele  Ethiopia 2:23:42
5 Atsede Baysa  Ethiopia 2:23:50
6 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 2:24:09
7 Irina Mikitenko  Germany 2:24:24
8 Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 2:24:33
9 Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 2:24:34
10 Mariya Konovalova  Russia 2:25:18

Wheelchair races[edit]

David Weir and Heinz Frei duelling in the men's wheelchair race
Action from the women's wheelchair race
Men's event
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg David Weir  United Kingdom 1:30:05
Silver medal icon.svg Heinz Frei   Switzerland 1:30:07
Bronze medal icon.svg Tomasz Hamerlak  Poland 1:30:54
4 Roger Puigbo  Spain 1:30:55
5 Josh Cassidy  Canada 1:30:56
Women's event
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Amanda McGrory  United States 1:46:31 CR
Silver medal icon.svg Shelly Woods  United Kingdom 1:46:31
Bronze medal icon.svg Sandra Graf   Switzerland 1:46:33
4 Tatyana McFadden  United States 1:46:34
5 Diane Roy  Canada 1:57:03

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London. IAAF. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  2. ^ Creighton, Jessica (17 April 2011). Mutai and Keitany secure Kenyan London Marathon double. BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. ^ David Weir claims record fifth London Marathon wheelchair title. The Guardian (17 April 2011). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  4. ^ Marl, Sarah (17 April 2011). McGrory triumphs in new course record Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Disability Sport. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  5. ^ London marathon: Thousands join record-breaking elite. BBC Sport (17 April 2011). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  6. ^ London Marathon: The oddest world records set Archived 24 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. News Lite (19 April 2011). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  7. ^ Tong, Andrew (24 April 2011). Outside Edge: Straight home on home straight. The Independent. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  8. ^ McVeigh, Karen (17 April 2011). London Marathon 2011: Tutu much for some, while elsewhere rhinos run riot. The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  9. ^ Okey, Nicola (23 March 2011). Japanese women added to London Marathon field. IAAF. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  10. ^ London Marathon offers respite for Japanese runners. BBC Sport (14 April 2011). Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  11. ^ Laurance, Ben (15 April 2011). London Marathon director was paid almost £250,000 last year. The Guardian. Retrieved 25 April 2011.

External links[edit]