Kenyans salute Keitany, Wanjiru for London marathon double

Sunday April 23 2017

Kenya's Mary Keitany celebrates after winning the women's elite race at the London marathon on April 23, 2017 in London. PHOTO | ADRIAN DENNIS |

Kenya's Mary Keitany celebrates after winning the women's elite race at the London marathon on April 23, 2017 in London. PHOTO | ADRIAN DENNIS |  AFP

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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta led his countrymen in saluting Mary Keitany and Daniel Wanjiru after their London marathon titles on Sunday.

Keitany, who claimed a third women's title in London to match her trio of New York victories, set the fastest time in 2hr 17min 01sec, smashing the 14-year-old mark of British great Paula Radcliffe.

Wanjiru, 24, kept Kenenisa Bekele at bay despite a late rally from the Ethiopian legend and race favourite.

"I congratulate Mary Keitany for her London marathon win and for breaking the women's only marathon world record. You have made Kenya proud," Kenyatta said on twitter.

"Proud of Daniel Wanjiru in the London marathon men's win. A great win for Kenya."

Kenyan Youth and Gender affairs minister Sicily Kariuki praised Keitany's victory as representing "the true spirit of a Kenyan woman - determined and focused, God-fearing and true to her mother nation, Kenya.

"Keitany is a mother of two, which makes her achievements even more remarkable; she has proved that Kenyan women were resilient and world beaters."