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London Marathon 2012: Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, Mary Keitany Win Big On Sunday

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Less than a week after sweeping the podium at the 2012 Boston Marathon, Kenyans once again showed their dominance in the sport at Sunday's London Marathon -- Wilson Kipsang won the men's race in 2:04:44 and the women's race was won by Mary Keitany for the second straight year. Her time of 2:18:37 broke the Kenyan record by more than a minute.

The wins should assure both athletes a spot on Kenya's national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, though that decision has not yet been made official.

Kipsang pulled away from the pack by running Mile 21 at a 4:41 pace and crossed the finish line more than two minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, fellow Kenyan Martin Lel.

"I knew when I went away they have to work very, very hard to beat me as I was feeling very good in myself," [Kipsang] said. "I am sorry I didn't (break) the record but winning is the most important thing for me. I feel a little tired now, but I am happy and tired."

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia took third place.

It was an all-Kenyan podium on the women's side, led by Keitany. Afterward, she called the race "very tough" but is already looking ahead to the chance of representing her country in the Olympics.

"Everyone was just looking for the Olympic time in order to be selected," she said. "It's great for me to win the race for the second time. I hope they will select me now for the Olympics."

Kenya's Patrick Makau, the marathon world-record holder (2:03:38), dropped out of the race, leaving his chances of making the Olympics an uncertainty.

The London Marathon site has the complete results for both the men's and women's races.