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London Marathon 2013 Results: Breaking Down Top Finishers

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia poses with his first prize trophy winning the Virgin London Marathon 2013 on April 21, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 21, 2013

Tsegaye Kebede won his second career London Marathon on Sunday with a time of two hours, six minutes, four seconds.

The 26-year-old wasn't able to top his winning mark of 2:05:19 in 2010, but he still edged Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya down the stretch, crossing the finish line just 29 seconds before the second-place runner.

Here's a look at the top three finishers of the 2013 London Marathon, examining what they've done throughout their careers.

 

3. Ayele Abshero, Ethiopia

Ayele Abshero recorded the fastest marathon debut time in history at the 2012 Dubai Marathon. He followed that up with a third-place finish at the London Marathon this year.

The 22-year-old Ethiopian also set the course record in Dubai, while recording the fourth-fastest marathon in history (2:04:23).

Since finishing in 24th place at the 2010 World Cross Country Championships in Poland, Abshero has gone on a run (literally and figuratively). Before capturing the Dubai Marathon, he had won the Egmond Half Marathon (January 2011). He also captured the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon in April before the London Marathon.

Abshero ran the London Marathon this year in 2:06:57.

 

2. Emmanuel Mutai, Kenya 

Emmanuel Mutai won the London Marathon in 2011 before finishing seventh in 2012. His second-place finish this year marked the sixth time he had finished in the top 10 at the event.

The 28-year-old is well-known among runners across the globe. He has participated in 11 marathons throughout his career (not including the World Championships), including in London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Chicago and New York.

The Kenyan's seventh-place finish last year in London marked the first time in his last 12 competitions that he had finished outside of the top five in the standings.

Mutai finished with a time of 2:06:33 at the London Marathon this year.

 

1. Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia

Tsegaye Kebede's victory in London this year marked his second career win at the event. The 26-year-old Ethiopian also won the London Marathon in 2010.

Kebede—who finished in London this year with a time of 2:06:04—has six career marathon victories. That includes winning in Paris (2008), Fukuoka (2008, 2009) and Chicago (2012). He also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He debuted at the Amsterdam Marathon in 2007, finishing eighth.

 

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