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August 5, 2012

Tiki Gelana queen of Women’s olympic marathon London 2012

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Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana

Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana crosses the finishing line as she wins the women’s marathon final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana held off the Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo to win gold in a soggy Olympic women’s marathon on Sunday.

Gelana clocked 2hr 23min 7sec, an Olympic record time, finishing five seconds ahead of Jeptoo. The Russian Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova won bronze with the pre-race favourite Mary Keitany having to settle for fourth. It was Gelana’s major championship.

Mara Yamauchi’s Olympic marathon lasted less than 10 kilometres on the rainy streets of London.

A week after Paula Radcliffe withdrew from London 2012 with a foot problem, an injured Yamauchi stopped in tears on the side of the road around 9.4km into the race as she decided she could go no further.

The 38-year-old Oxford athlete had been hampered by a bruised heel in the buildup to the Games and, although determined to get to the startline, was clearly not fit.

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