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Ethiopia's Kebede wins London Marathon

London, England (Sports Network) - Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede won his first London Marathon on Sunday, breaking Kenya's six-year reign in the event, while Russians Liliya Shobukhova and Inga Abitova finished 1-2 in the women's race.

Kebede, who was second to 2008 Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru in the London Marathon last year, ran the course in two hours, five minutes and 19 seconds.

Kebede was just 10 seconds back of Wanjiru last year, but Sunday won in convincing fashion. He finished more than a minute in front of his closest competitor, Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, who crossed the line in 2:06:23. Moroccan Jaouad Gharib, 37, was third in 2:06:55.

The 23-year-old Kebede surged away from Kenyan Abel Kirui, the 2009 world champion, just after the 20-mile mark and continued to build his lead toward the finish. Kirui faded and ended fifth, while a right knee issue forced Wanjiru to drop out near the 17-mile mark.

Kebede became the first non-Kenyan winner in London since fellow Ethiopian Gezahegne Abera took the victory in 2003.

Shobukhova, meanwhile, notched her second marathon victory, having taken first in Chicago last year. She finished Sunday's race in two hours, 22 minutes to become the first Russian woman to win in London. Abitova was 19 seconds behind, while Ethiopian Aselefech Mergia was third in 2:22:38.

German Irina Mikitenko, the two-time defending champion, was forced out of Sunday's race by a shin injury after only 11 miles.

The World Marathon majors series continues with the Berlin Marathon on September 26, the Chicago Marathon on October 10 and finishes with the New York City Marathon on November 7.

04/25 10:38:45 ET