London Marathon 2013: Mo Farah and Biggest Storylines from London

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2013

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 21:  Competitors emerge from Tower Bridge during the Virgin London Marathon on April 21, 2013 in LONDON, ENGLAND.  (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
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There were a lot of eyes on the 2013 London Marathon, and fortunately, it was a very successful event. 

This historic race is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with about 36,000 runners competing annually, according to CBS. It draws tens of thousands of spectators, and it remains one of the most followed events worldwide.

In addition, there was even more focus, as this was the first major race following the attack at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

With the world watching, these were a few of the most interesting storylines from Sunday's event.


Tribute to Boston Marathon

In a sign of support for the victims of the Boston Marathon, there was a 30-second moment of silence prior to the beginning of the race.

According to Laura Smith-Spark of CNN, the public address announcer read this message at the starting line:

We will join together in silence to remember our friends and colleagues for whom a day of joy turned into a day of sadness. Let us now show our respect and support for the victims of the tragedy in Boston.

Bleacher Report (via @NImpulseSports) tweeted a photo of the runners during the moment of silence, with most wearing black ribbons:

Mark Gilbert also captured this inspirational sign directed at the competitors:

These moving images showed the solidarity between these two countries and the support for the victims from around the world.


Mo Farah Runs Half the Race

During the 2012 London Olympics, local runner Mo Farah burst onto the international scene after he earned the gold medal in both the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter races. 

It turns out he is now testing his ability in the long-distance event.

He entered the race with the intention of running the half marathon and reached his goal while keeping pace with the leaders before exiting at about the 13-mile mark.

Of course, there was also the rumor that he overslept, but Farah later clarified that it was a joke and he was there with plenty of time, according to the Guardian

Still, he was proud of his run and is looking forward to next year, as he said on his Twitter account:

The Associated Press (via Yahoo!) reports that he is planning to run the full 26.2 miles in 2014, so this appeared to be a solid warm-up for the two-time Olympic champion.


Tsegaye Kebede Regains Crown

The Ethiopian star continued his run as one of the top marathon competitors in the world after winning his second London Marathon of his career.

Tsegaye Kebede won an unusually close contest, as he was able to pass Emmanuel Mutai late in the race to take the lead. He finished with a time of two hours, six minutes and four seconds, which was only 29 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from Kenya.

This was actually 45 seconds slower than Kebede's time from his 2010 win in London, but there is little chance he was concerned while crossing the finish line.

The young runner earned a bronze medal in this event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and it would be surprising if he does not return to that stage at some point in his career.

In a tough field that featured 2012 Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich (who finished sixth), Kebede was the best of the best.