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London, UK - Zhou Chunxiu, of China, and Kenya’s Martin Lel both sped past Buckingham Palace this morning as it shimmered in an unseasonable heat haze to claim outstanding victories in the Flora London Marathon.

The two races were of entirely different character: setting off 45 minutes ahead of the men, the elite women were effectively down to just six contestants after barely 5km; the men’s event, meanwhile, looked more like a middle distance track race, as a clutch of six of the top marathoners in history entered the final mile together.

Zhou, 28, came to London with a reputation as a strong and consistent performer, having run sub-2:30 four times in a calendar year. Yet the Asian Games gold medallist was also something of an unknown quantity, having never before run in one of the big city marathons in the west.

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