This year’s London Marathon was rated as a dress rehearsal for the
Olympic Games in August since the field was so strong. But in the end there was
a triumph for a runner who was not nominated by the Kenyan federation for the
Olympic Games’ marathon. Evans Rutto stormed into the finish of
Buckingham Palace clocking a world class time of 2:06:18. So this was an
extraordinary triumph for the group of Kenyan runners to which Uta Pippig
belongs as well. All of them are coached by Dieter Hogen. The women’s
race saw a great winning time as well. Margaret Okayo (Kenya) clocked a world
It was about ten years ago when Dieter Hogen started working with Kenyan
marathon runners. He cooperated with the late manager Kim McDonald. His
athletes were successful already in the 90ies, when for example Sammy Lelei won
the Berlin Marathon in 1995, Lameck Aguta took the Boston Marathon title in
1997 and Ondoro Osoro triumphed in Chicago in 1998. During the last twelve
months Hogen had intensified his work with the Kenyans. He spent several months
during the year coaching a group of about eight athletes in either Kenya or
It was already in autumn last year when the work started paying off: Evans
Rutto won his very first marathon race in Chicago and clocked the fastest debut
time ever (2:05:50). So Rutto was 45 seconds faster than Haile Gebrselassie
(Ethiopia) in London 2002. Now he ran only his second marathon and won again.
But while he was not nominated by the Kenyan federation for the Olympic
marathon in Athens second placed Sammy Korir was. Korir clocked 2:06:48 in
London on Sunday. He still is the second fastest marathon runner ever, having
run 2:04:56 in last year’s Berlin Marathon.
"5" />“It is a great feeling to be the champion of the London Marathon. I
expected to be stronger than Sammy Korir”, Evans Rutto said. He added:
“But the rain was not good. The weather stopped me from running
faster.” But there was a fright on the way to victory. Because at 35 k
Evans Rutto slipped on the wet surface when he had to run around a tight
corner. He awfully fall on the stone surface and Sammy Korir, who was running
next to him, fell on the ground as well because Rutto slipped into him. World
Champion Jaouad Gharib (Morocco), who was third in the end clocking 2:07:02,
also slipped at this point of the course. It was careless by the organisers not
to have secured this stretch.
With his knees being bloody Rutto continued and soon increased the pace to
leave behind Sammy Korir. Instead of the Olympic Marathon Evans Rutto will now
prepare for the Chicago Marathon in October. But first he will travel back to
Kenya for a rest. It had been Rutto who pushed the pace after half way
(pacemakers led the first group through in 63:10 minutes). Together with his
training partner John Yuda (Tansania) they ran away from the field and it was
only Sammy Korir who was able to follow them. Yuda was then unlucky because he
got a muscle problem and finally finished only ninth in 2:10:13.
Kenyas running legend Kip Keino (right) and IAAF President Lamine Diack
congratulate the winners of the London Marathon, Evans Rutto and Margaret Okayo
Having nominated Margaret Okayo for the Olympic Marathon Kenya can expect a
very good performance from her in Athens. After winning Boston and New York
before the 27 year-old now ran London for the first time and won again. Okayo
could become a serious rival for Paula Radcliffe in the Olympic marathon.
“I don’t expect that I will be able to beat Paula, but I will try
it”, Okayo said. Radcliffe, who had run a sensational world record last
year in London (2:15:25), had decided some time ago not to run the London
Marathon this year. Instead she prefers a long term preparation for Athens.
Still Paula Radcliffe was in Lodon on Sunday, cheering on her brother who ran
“My aim was to run fast but I couldn’t run as fast as I wanted
because of the weather”, Margaret Okayo said. She was running her own
race right from the start. And she was indeed running fast during the first few
miles. Her split times even suggested a sub 2:20 result. But then she slowed
and Romanian Constantina Tomescu-Dita, who finally came in third in 2:26:52,
passed her. But Okayo came back into the race and passed the Romanian. In the
end she was well in front of second placed Ludmila Petrowa (Russia/2:26:02).
“I did not pay attention to what Constantina Dita was running”,
Okayo later said.
Results, London Marathon:
Men: 1. Evans Rutto (Kenya) 2:06:18, 2. Sammy Korir (Kenya) 2:06:48, 3.
Jaouad Gharib (Marocco) 2:07:02, 4. Stefano Baldini (Italy) 2:08:37, 5. Tesfaye
Tola (Ethiopia) 2:09:07, 6. Benoit Zwierzchiewski (France) 2:09:35, 7.
Abdelkader El Mouaziz (Marocco) 2:09:42, 8. Lee Troop (Australia) 2:09:58, 9.
John Yuda (Tansania) 2:10:13, 10. Joseph Kadon (Kenya) 2:11:30.
Women: 1. Margaret Okayo (Kenya) 2:22:35, 2. Ludmila Petrowa (Russia)
2:26:02, 3. Constantina Tomescu-Dita (Romania) 2:26:52, 4. Albina Iwanowa
(Russia) 2:27:25, 5. Joyce Chepchumba (Kenya) 2:28:01, 6. Swetlana Sacharowa
(Russia) 2:28:10, 7. Sun Yingjie (China) 2:28:32, 8. Alina Iwanowa (Russia)
2:28:48, 9. Swetlana Demidenko (Russia) 2:33:06, 10. Tracey Morris (Great