2012 London Marathon

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32nd London Marathon
Wilson Kipsang 2012 London Marathon.jpg
Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang leading the men's race
Venue London, England, United Kingdom
Dates 22 April 2012
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The 2012 London Marathon took place in London, England, on Sunday 22 April 2012. It was the 32nd running of the annual mass-participation marathon race and the second World Marathon Majors event to be held that year. A total of 35,970 people started the race – the third highest total in the event's history.[1]

Both of the elite races were won by Kenyan athletes, and Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede was the only non-Kenyan to reach the podium in either race. Mary Keitany won the women's elite race for the second year running with a Kenyan record time of 2:18:37 hours. Wilson Kipsang was the men's race winner with a time of 2:04:44 – four seconds off Emmanuel Mutai's course record set at the 2011 London Marathon.[2] The top British finishers, Lee Merrien (17th) and Claire Hallissey (11th), earned the opportunity to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3][4] The wheelchair races were won by two British athletes: David Weir took the men's title while Shelly Woods was the women's winner.[5]

A fun runner, Claire Squires, died after collapsing in the final mile of the race. In response to publicity of her death, the general public made donations to her fund raising page at the Justgiving website. Over 80,000 separate donations were made, raising a total of over £930,000 for Samaritans.[6][7]


Elite races[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich  Kenya 2:04:44
Silver medal icon.svg Martin Lel  Kenya 2:06:51
Bronze medal icon.svg Tsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia 2:06:52
4 Adil Annani  Morocco 2:07:43
5 Jaouad Gharib  Morocco 2:07:44
6 Abel Kirui  Kenya 2:07:56
7 Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai  Kenya 2:08:01
8 Marílson Gomes dos Santos  Brazil 2:08:03
9 Samuel Tsegay  Eritrea 2:08:06
10 Feyisa Lilesa  Ethiopia 2:08:20
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Mary Keitany  Kenya 2:18:37 NR
Silver medal icon.svg Edna Kiplagat  Kenya 2:19:50
Bronze medal icon.svg Priscah Jeptoo  Kenya 2:20:14
4 Florence Kiplagat  Kenya 2:20:57
5 Lucy Wangui Kabuu  Kenya 2:23:12
6 Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 2:24:04
7 Irina Mikitenko  Germany 2:24:53
8 Jéssica Augusto  Portugal 2:24:59
9 Atsede Baysa  Ethiopia 2:25:59
10 Jeļena Prokopčuka  Latvia 2:27:04

Wheelchair races[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg David Weir  United Kingdom 1:32:26
Silver medal icon.svg Marcel Hug   Switzerland 1:32:27
Bronze medal icon.svg Krige Schabort  United States 1:32:28
4 Masazumi Soejima  Japan 1:32:29
5 Heinz Frei   Switzerland 1:32:30
Position Athlete Nationality Time
Gold medal icon.svg Shelly Woods  United Kingdom 1:49:10
Silver medal icon.svg Wakako Tsuchida  Japan 1:53:04
Bronze medal icon.svg Diane Roy  Canada 1:53:05
4 Shirley Reilly  United States 1:54:39
5 Christina Ripp-Schwab  United States 1:54:41


  1. ^ Lewis, Aimee (2012-04-22). London Marathon as it happened. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  2. ^ Brown, Matthew (2012-04-22). Kipsang and Keitany claim London titles for Kenya. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  3. ^ London 2012: Lee Merrien is selected for GB marathon team. BBC Sport (2012-04-27). Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  4. ^ London 2012: GB Olympic marathon place for Claire Hallissey. BBC Sport (2012-04-23). Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  5. ^ Davies, Gareth (2012-04-22). London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  6. ^ Britten, Nick (2012-05-02). Claire Squires funeral: sister pays tribute to tragic marathon runner who became 'nation's sweetheart'. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  7. ^ Claire's page. Justgiving. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.