Tsegaye Kebede, Priscah Jeptoo, Kurt Fearnley and Tatyana McFadden, however, just so happened to leave as both winners and first-place finishers.
Let's take a closer look at each of the impressive victors along the results from Sunday's race.
Tsegaye Kebede, Men's Winner
The 26-year-old Kebede, who also won the London Marathon back in 2010, won the bronze at both the 2008 Olympic Games and 2009 World Championships, so he's certainly no stranger to success.
Nevertheless, after failing to make the Ethiopian team for the 2012 Olympics in London, it had to feel satisfying for Kebede to come back and earn the victory.
The come-from-behind win—he passed Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in the final mile—should help propel Kebede to new heights in the future.
Here's a look at the top 10 men finishers, courtesy of The Mirror:
|1||KEBEDE, Tsegaye (ETH)||02:06:04|
|2||MUTAI, Emmanuel (KEN)||02:06:33|
|3||ABSHERO, Ayele (ETH)||02:06:57|
|4||LILESA, Feyisa (ETH)||02:07:46|
|5||KIPSANG, Wilson (KEN)||02:07:47|
|6||KIPROTICH, Stephen (UGA)||02:08:05|
|7||ASMEROM, Yared (ERI)||02:08:22|
|8||BIWOTT, Stanley (KEN)||02:08:39|
|9||CHANI, Hafid (MAR)||02:09:11|
|10||LAMDASSEM, Ayad (ESP)||02:09:28|
Priscah Jeptoo, Women's Winner
Simply put, Jeptoo is on fire.
She followed up her second-place finish at the 2011 World Championships with another silver at last year's Olympics and then went on to win the Portugal Half Marathon at the end of the year.
Not only does this London title on The Mall mark her best performance there, but it also comes in just one second behind her personal best.
It will be compelling to see how the 28-year-old Kenyan performs as she transitions into her 30's with the 2016 Olympics on the horizon.
Here's a look at the top 10 women finishers, courtesy of The Mirror:
|1||JEPTOO, Priscah (KEN)||02:20:15|
|2||KIPLAGAT, Edna (KEN)||02:21:32|
|3||AKABA, Yukiko (JPN)||02:24:43|
|4||BAYSA, Atsede (ETH)||02:25:14|
|5||MELKAMU, Meselech (ETH)||02:25:46|
|6||KIPLAGAT, Florence (KEN)||02:27:05|
|7||ITO, Mai (JPN)||02:28:37|
|8||BIKTIMIROVA, Alevtina (RUS)||02:30:02|
|9||PARTRIDGE, Susan (GBR)||02:30:46|
|10||VAN ZYL, Irvette (RSA)||02:31:26|
Kurt Fearnley, Men's Wheelchair Winner
Many assumed David Weir—who entered the race with six career victories and four gold medals from last year's Olympics (including one in the marathon)—would come out on top, but he finished fifth as Australian Kurt Fearnley earned his second career London win.
Switzerland's Marcel Hug crossed the line second, just five seconds behind, in a tight finish.
While Fearnley took a very slight step back at the 2012 Olympics marathon, taking third place after winning the gold in 2008, it's clear he is once again an ever-constant force in the sport.
Tatyana McFadden, Women's Wheelchair Winner
It would be tough to find anyone who is currently enjoying more success than McFadden, who set a blistering course record by nearly 30 seconds on Sunday.
The 23-year-old American not only took home three golds and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics, but she has now won two marathons in a week after finishing first in Boston just six days ago.
I can barely make it a mile without falling apart. She completed two marathons in the matter of days and won them both against the some of the world's best.
Sunday was human triumph at its best, and McFadden was the epitome of that.
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