Runners in Madrid marathon paid tribute to the victims of Boston bombing

Francis Kiprop from Kenya passing the finishing line

The race began by paying tribute to the Boston victims with a minute’s silence. Thousands of runners wore a black ribbon attached to their race number and, minutes before setting off, in solidarity with the American city, formed the sign of the letter ‘B’ in sign language.

26,000 runners took part in the race which also showcased Madrid’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

Spanish runner Vanessa Veiga raced to victory in the women’s category with a time of 2h36:38. Veiga overtook Ethiopian Desta Girma Tadesse, who won in 2010 and 2011, just 50 metres from the finish line.

Kenya’s Francis Kiprop set a new record with a time of 2h10:37. Fellow Kenyan Nickson Kurgat secured second place this time round, with a time of 2h10:53.

The previous Madrid race record was held by another Kenyan, Moses Arusei, with a time of 2h10:54 with which he took the 2011 win. 

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