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Kenya's First Lady Conquers 42km London Marathon

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Wilson Kipsang during the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2013.

London — Tears flowed freely amongst the support team in London while the Kenyan Diaspora jumped and cheered as First Lady Margaret Kenyatta inspired the globe with her debut at the London Marathon.

At the finish line, the First Lady who clocked 7 hours and 4 minutes was warmly received by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the London Marathon organisers led by the Chairman Sir John D. Spurling.

It was no walk in the park pounding the 42kms in the London streets. To quote Noel Tharther the British visually impaired runner, who won five gold medals when representing Great Britain at six Paralympic Games between 1984 and 2004, "2014 London Marathon will deliver a lifetime's worth of inspiration in a single day."

The team of eight led by the First Lady was cheered by enthusiastic spectators who lined the route which had the most iconic sites of London starting from Blackheath, coming through Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks which has the longest Georgian façade in Britain.

Kenyans who live in the United Kingdom had travelled from every city in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to come and cheer the First Lady and her team.

The First Lady and her team passed through Parliament Square, finally going past Buckingham Palace to reach the finish line in London's great ceremonial avenue, The Mall.

The race, which was beamed live across the globe, has once again put Kenya in the global ranking as the super power of sports.

Earlier, Kenyan elite athletes won gold and silver medals in both the men and women categories.

Wilson Kipsang dominated the field to take victory in the London Marathon in a new record time of 2.04.29. Kipsang was followed closely by fellow countryman Stanley Biwott in second position.

In the women category, Edna Kiplagat clinched the crown followed by fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat.

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