Kipsang wins marathon
Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, the second-fastest man ever, won the men’s London marathon yesterday in an unofficial of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds. Three-time London champion Martin Lel of Kenya finished second for the second year in a row, just ahead of Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede. Kipsang clocked 2:03:42 in Frankfurt, Germany, last year, four seconds outside compatriot Patrick Makau’s world record. Makau dropped out of yesterday’s race around the halfway mark. The elite men went through the halfway stage shortly after Tower Bridge in 62 minutes, 12 seconds, at which stage Kipsang surged to the front. He accelerated again at 35km to take an unassailable lead. In the women’s event, Mary Keitany successfully defended her London Marathon title as Kenya swept the podium places in the women’s race. Last year’s champion went clear in front from a world class field in the closing kilometers and won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 36 seconds, a new Kenyan national record and a personal best. World champion Edna Kiplagat finished second, more than one minute behind, with world silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo a further 24 seconds behind in third. Keitany’s time was well inside her previous personal best of 2:19:19 she set in winning last year’s London Marathon.
Ferguson angry at shortlist
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is fuming after being told Wayne Rooney is on the shortlist for the UK squad at the London Olympics despite the striker being widely expected to go to Euro 2012 with England. Soccer bosses had agreed that any player turning out for England in June would not be considered for the July and August Olympic Games, but Rooney is suspended for the first two Euro matches. “It’s serious, this is the start of the season we are talking about. It’s ridiculous,” Ferguson told British newspapers yesterday, annoyed that Rooney and nine other United players are on the 80-man shortlist drawn up by Games coach Stuart Pearce, who is also caretaker England manager. The Olympic tournament will finish just weeks before the start of the Premier League season. Three over-23 players are allowed in the final Olympic 18-man squad, with United’s Welsh winger Ryan Giggs and former midfielder David Beckham likely to be included.
Mares defeats Eric Morel
Unbeaten Abner Mares won a 12-round unanimous decision over Eric Morel in a battle of former champions for the vacant World Boxing Council super bantamweight world title in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday . Mares, 26, moved up in weight after capturing the International Boxing Federation bantamweight crown with a victory over Joseph Agbeko in August last year — a title he retained in a rematch in December. His speed and work rate wore down Puerto Rico’s Morel, a 36-year-old who once held the World Boxing Association super flyweight title. Two ringside judges scored the bout 119-109 for Mares, while the third saw it 120-107 for the Mexican, who improved to 24-0-1 with 13 knockouts. Morel fell to 46-3, with 23 knockouts. They were fighting for title vacated by Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka after he could not get a fight with Philippine star Nonito Donaire. On the undercard, WBA bantamweight “super champion” Anselmo Moreno of Panama made the 10th successful defense of his title as he stopped David de la Mora in the ninth round of a lopsided bout. Moreno improved to 33-1-1 with 12 knockouts.