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Everywhere around the country, people hopped out of bed this


morning thinking, right, which sport can I have a go at? We have


won 14 gold medals, and we have been gripped by the dedication,


commitment and talent of our Great Britain team. The message of this


London Olympics has been to inspire a generation. There are children


all over whose life choices will have been changed by what they have


seen. But it is not just the younger generation. Have a look at


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 73 seconds


With many thanks to the residents of that house. The Opening Ceremony


said, this is for everyone. At the BBC, we believe that, too. If you,


or any of your relatives, want to have a go, make sure you take a


photograph and share it with us. Great Britain are up to third in


the medals table, but the world is bigger than just Great Britain. At


the Aquatics Centre last night, the man with the most Olympic medals


A special presentation to Michael Phelps. He was presented with a


special award in recognition of his historic achievement - 22 medals in


total, 18 of them gold, four of those here in London. He has won


more than most countries. But also at these Games, he has shown his


personality, his sense of humour, his love of competition, his


respect for his fellow competitors. He was lovely with Chad le Clos,


showing us how gracious he can be. Going around the pool last night,


he stopped to pose for photographers who had spent so long


chasing him. We hope this will become a fine day to see the sights


for all of us, because the Marathon combines top-class sport with


televisual sightseeing. The route is different from the London


Marathon, and it gives the spectators more than one chance to


see the learners, because they do laps. I cannot wait for it. But


spare a thought for the athletes, those who wanted more than anything


not to be watching, but to be there, running for Great Britain.


A lot of my best thinking time is when I am running. It is just my


time. That's me in my element. COMMENTATOR: Broken-hearted, Paula


Radcliffe. It is not really about pooling of what went wrong. You


COMMENTATOR: an absolutely scintillating run by Paula


Radcliffe! This woman really is a phenomenon. A new world record, a


fantastic performance. You have not let anybody down. Paula Radcliffe


becomes the world champion at last. The it is happiness, but relief as


well, because it had been a long time coming. It is a sad sight to


see such an athlete struggling in such a way. There were never going


to be any medals today. It was all about a personal battle. The


Olympics has never worked out for Paula Radcliffe, but she is still


the world record holder for the Marathon, and she has confirmed her


career is not over. You can see the crowds lining the route for this


Olympic Marathon. We have on our team this morning, two experts. Liz


Yelling competed in Athens, and Tanni Grey-Thompson also has many


Paralympic gold medals. We can join them on the Mall. About 1.5 hours


ago, I was getting worried about the weather, because I thought it


was going to be too warm. This is the strongest Women's Marathon


field we have seen for a long time - whose do you think will be


challenging? There is amazing depth of this year, we have got six


people who have gone below 2.20. We have got 20 people who have gone


below 2.25. It is immense. The best runners are looking to be right up


there. Of course, you have got the Africans, both from Ethiopia and


Kenya. But we have also got great runners from China, Japan and


America. What about Britain? think we have got a great team. It


is sad not to see Paula Radcliffe going, but the others will be great.


I think Claire Hallissey could be a dark horse. Freya Murray coming in,


she has got no expectations on her, no pressure. This will be her


second Marathon, and I think she has got nothing to lose. We could


see the British girls featuring in the top 15, definitely. We know it


is going to be a tough and challenging race today. Over to our


commentators, Brendan Foster and STEVE CRAM: Good morning to


everybody, and we are already wet! But that will not matter to anybody.


It is an intriguing race. The favourite I think will be Keitany.


So, the Olympic Marathon about to Keeping them waiting... It is not


as though they are going to be nervous, as you might be for a


track race, but I think they want to get under way! Away they go. A


huge roar goes up from the crowd which has gathered on the Mall.


Brendan Foster, you and I have been having a bit of a chat, and it is


pretty good weather for Marathon runners, not for the commentators,


but we are not important. It is great, first of all, to see so many


people here. It is an intriguing race in prospect - we have got a


long way to go, obviously, but let's get your thoughts on the


favourite, Keitany, would you agree with that? I would say the


favouritism would land initially on the winner of the London Marathon,


yes. But we're going to see London in all its glory, and we're going


to see the Marathon being led by the defending champion, in the blue


vest, in the middle. London has turned out for these Games in


amazing fashion. There she is, the reigning champion, the surprise


winner in Beijing, Dita. She ran away in the middle of the race in


that one. Already, an athlete being carried off the course. That is a


shock. She must have been carrying an injury. They have only been


going about 150 metres. They go underneath Admiralty Arch. The army


lining this part of the route. Haven't they done a brilliant job


in the last few days in terms of security? The umbrellas are out,


because the rain is still coming down. But Londoners are still


responding to these Olympic Games responding to these Olympic Games


in tremendous fashion. Two minutes they have been running, with almost


2.5 hours to go. They have been waiting for this one, and next week


we will have the Men's Marathon, but today's, -- today, these are


very good conditions for Marathon running. Of course, this is very


different from the London Marathon. It will be run in laps, which is


the trend these days in the major championships. We will take you


through the detail of the route shortly. It will be going along the


Embankment, up towards St Paul's and the Tower of London, and back


towards the Mall. But before that, they will do a short her lap. They


will be coming into an area which you will be familiar with, if you


watch the closing stages of the London Marathon. The course has


been designed to try to show off some of the sights of London, which


is great. Also, by having laps, it means that people can come out on


the streets and not just see them going past once, they will see them


three or four times, and get the chance to observe the Olympic


Marathon up close. It is great to see that so many people have come a


long, despite the weather. There's the first sight of Yamaguchi, on


the far side of the picture. Our leading contender here. She was


sixth in the Beijing Olympics. Their she is, on the right-hand


side of the picture, just behind one of the great Marathon runners,


Mikitenko. Just the other day, Freya Murray, who was at work last


Thursday when she heard the news about Paula Radcliffe pulling out,


that she was in the team. I think she was in ASDA! She is an engineer,


she was in Newcastle when she heard the rumour, then eventually, she


got the official fungal. Freya Murray, from Scotland, based in the


north-east of England. Clare Hallissey, from Bristol, and


married Yamaguchi, from Harrow. I spoke the other day to Clare


Hallissey, and she said she was going into The Office to tidy up


some outstanding jobs, and then she was going to switch on her computer


to give a standard reply, out of office, to e-mails. I bet there


were not many athletes who were at work last Monday, running in these


of the distance athletes left work, but the boss, ran his race and then


got the bus home again. It's changed a little bit these days.


But we are hoping that the British trio can do quite well. I have to


tell you may be not to expect too much. Yamauchi has been struggling


with a heel problem. She's been receiving treatment up until the


last minute and was in Portugal around here. Touch the lamp-post


and back. This is just to make up the exact distance. People


sometimes wonder how you measure a course. You start at the finish


line and go backwards. This is the shot that Huw Jones, the course


in all its splendour here. Through Westminster Square and then this is


the more familiar part that people will be aware of. When the London


Marathon is run proper, they come down Birdcage Walk once they've


gone through Westminster Square and round to Buckingham Palace. That


will bring them back into the more again and completing the short lap.


Then we will be off. If you are organising a course in London and


you start at The Mall, Steve, you said they are showing off the sides


of London. To be honest, it's difficult not to show off the sides


of London when you take the central London based. Doesn't it look


fantastic? The atmosphere in London has been wonderful for throughout


the week. I think we are looking at one of the Irish runners. We can't


marathon, you do rely on a bit of technology with helicopters, etc.


But when the cloud base is as low as this, it can sometimes be a bit


difficult. But hopefully we'll be able to give you full coverage of


big names already to the fore. Kara Goucher is in the red. From New


Zealand, Kim Smith, who has been talking about how she's been


preparing for this and looking forward to coming and competing in


London. She thinks the course and weather conditions might help her


if they were expecting sunshine or if it is just to keep the rain out


of her eyes. At the moment it is weather. A bit of a chat going on


between two of the Ethiopian is. Goucher making her presence felt


there. Pushing through with the elbows. The fastest marathon runner


in the field in the red top and blue shorts, just behind her,


should recover. But the big names, the Kenyans, Keitany and her team-


mates, they are sheltering behind side of the course from the crowds


during these athletes on. I hope they don't get too carried away


with that cheering, because they really need to settle down. We will


try to give you some of the splits round soon. The first lap is just


over two miles and then three eight kilometres, as they are showing on


the bottom. Right in front of the Palace and all the way down The


Mall. These crowds have been responding in glorious fashion.


Still excited from what we saw last expect it to be at this stage. --


the pace is not fast. But the noise coming from the streets, it's


certainly going to lift these athletes. They will be used to run


into many marathons with this sort city yet as such. Zhu has a lot of


experience, the Chinese can always be reckoned to put in a decent


performance. Straneo, she's found some form late in her career as


well. Lots of women where age is not so much a factor. Constantina


Dita, the defending champion who is in the race here, at 38. She went


on and won the gold medal. Many women start to run their better


times at the marathon into their great set-up here. It is. The two


American training partners, Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan, they


just run past us. The two of them in the red strip of the United


States. Often the Americans were navy blue colours. I can see Freya


Murray at the back of the leading group and Clare Hallissey just


ahead of her. There is Benita Willis in the yellow and green of


Australia. The green and gold famous colours in every sporting


London before. We've seen two Olympic Games in London before. The


marathon distance was established in London in 1908 as 26 miles 385


yards. That is the distance that has become the marathon. In 1948,


the Games were held here and the marathon finished in White City.


Here today, the regal setting for the women's marathon, starting and


finishing outside Buckingham Palace Arch, they will be greeted by the


crowds in Buckingham Palace. What a We are getting better and better,


which I know is not important but... It makes it quite tricky. I've got


some friends from De la Salle who love a one-night say things like


wetter and wetter. -- from down athletes, if not for those


themselves out a little bit. Don't really expect anything to happen


for quite a while. I'm not sure anyone will try to push things on a


are. They've completed the first short lap. They will turn left


along the Embankment. The previous time they took a right-hand turn.


They get a good view of the London marathon runners have run miles and


miles and miles in all sorts of conditions preparing for this. Some


of them head off into the big city marathons where it is hot and humid.


They also run many races where right at the back of that group,


it's starting to spread about the little bit. The first FE station. -


drinks, they are prepared the night before and put out on the course.


Occasionally we see odd things happen in bed. The defending


champion, no thoughts of her coming and defending her title but it's


his good to see her here. It is. She's carried the mantle of Olympic


champion very well. She has gone all around the world and entered


races and has been opportunities all around the world to see the


Olympic champion running. You see the flags at the side of the road.


This race has been organised by the London Marathon team, who we know


do a marvellous job organising a mass participation event we have


here every year. The famous London Marathon. Here, the London Marathon


team are organising, led by Nick Patel. They are organising an alley


to race. They are giving as much position and detail in the


organisation to the elite athletes as they do to the masses when it


comes to the London Marathon itself. These athletes will be well looked


after. They were warming up in the early stages, they all had tents


and tables behind us in The Mall. They've been well prepared and well


looked after. There is Kiplagat looking for her drink. Rushing


across to the side. Jeptoo, the other Kenyan athlete, recognising


to keep taking on the liquid and keep taking on your personal drink,


energy, a small amount of carbohydrate and a electrolyte


very bloodied, big puddles appearing on the road. -- very


Flood it. It's a very flat course. No hills to speak of. They turn


away from the Embankment and climb drop back down from the Tower of


London on to the river front. It's more of a twisty and turning course.


It will break up the rhythm in that at the front. You can see how many


women now run and at 2.20. It used British contingent. Freya Murray


was speaking earlier on, obviously she did not know she was going to


be running, but I'm not sure Shias had this with his preparation she


would have liked, but she was never going to turn down the opportunity.


This young lady will be familiar to many athletics fans on the road, on


the track and in cross-country of course, the Portuguese athlete


Jessica Augusto. She looked like she was going to make a decent


transition to the marathon, but she is a fair way off the leading pack


at the moment. Heading towards Blackfriars. You can see Shalane


Flanagan. The Americans had their trialled right at the beginning of


the year. It is a different system to that operated by many teams. It


is not a question of your personal best, how you perform in the big


city marathons, that does not matter, it all comes down to the


trial race for them. Again, big crowds here. Just looking on our


computer, talking about the Americans, one of them has already


dropped out, so their contingent is already down to two, following the


withdrawal of Davila. MARK FOSTER: You get that, a couple


of weeks before the race, problems occurring, like happened with Paula


Radcliffe. We're getting split times, so we will be able to keep


in touch. The Italian Straneo there. Barros of Portugal is in there. I


can see Mikitenko in that group as well. It will be interesting to see


how well she goes. She has run in the London marathon, she knows the


atmosphere here. We can see where the leaders are. 35 kilometres to


go. The crowds gathering towards St for the next two or three miles. It


breaks up the rhythm a little bit. There has been talk about


selections and having trials, but the Ethiopian has just pretty much


went for their three quickest times, two of which were set in Dubai,


very different conditions to this, of course. But there were others


they could have chosen, whose style might have suited this particular


course. We saw the wonderful sight of St Paul's, and there it is, a


pretty good vantage point for everybody. St Paul's Cathedral


features in the history of the Olympic Games, because it was in


1908 when the Bishop of Pennsylvania gave a sermon, where


he said, it is not the winning but the taking part which is important


in the Olympic Games, and that motto has become one of the mottos


of the Olympic Games. In those days, 1908, there was trouble and strife,


arguments, between the Americans and the British about the rules of


athletics, in particular. That sermon from the Bishop of


Pennsylvania was an attempt to calm down the tensions. Well, you can


say at these Olympic Games, there has not been any attention. It has


been brilliantly organised. Our good friend Sebastian Coe must have


been delighted last night. He did say he was not worried about the


medal table for Great Britain, but he wanted great moments in sport to


come from these Olympics Games. Well, he could not have written the


script better. Seb Coe came round and said hello during the evening


last night, and I bet he was jumping up and down when he saw


three gold medals. It was a fantastic performance by Jessica


Ennis, then a great long jump by Greg Rutherford, and then, to cap


it all off, a first long-distance gold medal by Mo Farah. He would


have been interested in the marathon, naturally, but I was just


speaking to his physiologist, and Mo was busy recovering straight


after the race, then having a massage and physio last night, and


then an ice bath to cool down the muscles, then just an easy jog this


morning, before getting ready for the 5,000m later in the week.


museum of London. We are almost on the edge of the business district


area, heading back to St Paul's, then they will take a lead, and


head up towards the Guildhall area. This is a pretty strong pace, it is


not fast, but it is good enough. The Americans have been happy to


push things along at the front. The Ethiopians have been very quiet,


since we saw them coming to the front to get their drinks. Shalane


Flanagan and Kara Goucher know each other so well. Kara Goucher


announced herself at the Great North Run, when she beat Paula


Radcliffe a few years ago. The Americans are going to have high


hopes. We can go all the way back to 2004, may be a surprise medal on


that occasion. I just wonder whether the Americans think they


have got a chance of doing the same sort of thing here. The Americans


are certainly trying to take hold of long-distance running. Last


night, they got second behind Mo Farah. And now, these two in the


marathon. Marut Yamauchi was in the second group, a fair way back


already. But you can see three good Ethiopians all in that leading


group. Three Kenyans, outstanding athletes, each of them, all in that


leading group. It is quite interesting to see the East African


stars. They are not really interested in the pace. The Olympic


Games is all about position, the time does not matter. There are no


pacemakers, as we are used to in the major city marathons. The field


they have got assembled here for this Olympic Games marathon, it is


absolutely terrific. You could not get a stronger field in a major


marathon in the world than we have got here today. The London marathon


over the years has had some fantastic athletes in it, and some


fantastic performances. But Dave Bedford and Nick Patel, by the


organisers of the London marathon, they would be thrilled to get a


field together like this. But you cannot do it, because the athletes


are looking towards the Olympic Games. Claire Hallissey of Great


Britain coming through now. I am looking further down the field, we


have not seen Freya Murray at. Brendan and I will be doing our


best to keep you updated. I have to tell you, the water is getting in


our workings here, the computer, so what you can see on your screen is


the best we have got. But we will try to make sure that that is


rectified. As Brendan was saying, you can see Mara Yamauchi. Clare


Hallissey, just a bit further back. You might just see them. We are


looking to see if we can see Freya favourite coming to the front. The


pre-race favourite, for the first time coming to the front, probably


for the drinks. There you go. Everybody bunches up through the


feed station. You know what, they never practise this, do they? They


never say, let's get 20 of us out there, we will practise running up


to a table and grabbing a drink! You can see the three Kenyan


athletes rushing up to the table, checking the names on the bottles.


Mary has got her a drink, she is quite happy. There's Mara Yamauchi.


She has had a bruised heel, I know she was not happy before she set


off this morning. She said she wanted to give it a go. That's a


real shame, because Mara Yamauchi has shown that she can compete in


the big events, when she is fit, when she is healthy. And she has


tried so hard, like Paula Radcliffe, to get herself ready for this. She


wanted to give it a go, see what would happen. I think inevitably,


you cannot run 26 miles when you're carrying an injury, really. But she


will be so disappointed only to get to five kilometres. She is in tears.


I don't know is she is trying to get some medical assistance. That's


clever, the crowds were inside the leaden Hall market. That's where


you would be, wouldn't you? It continues to pour down here. But


the good news is that it helps the runners. It is good for the


will be heading up towards the Tower of London, one of the


familiar sight of the London marathon, that's where they will do


their switchback. Constantina Dita, the defending champion, just going


through the market. A long way behind the leaders, which is not


unexpected. She stole a march in Beijing - they were all looking at


each other, she took off at the front, and a lot of them thought,


we will let her go, but of course, they never caught her. The silver-


medallist thought she had won at one point, because she had not even


noticed that Constantina Dita broke away, so she was shocked in the


late stages when her coaches told her she was in second place. This


time, they are running right across the road. Every other race they run,


they have pacemakers, but they come to the Olympic Games, it is a race,


the time does not matter, it is a completely different nature. In the


big marathons, they run in single file, almost. Here we have 10


across the road, with 10 kilometres gone. They are beginning to think


about the race itself. 32 kilometres to go. Kara Goucher


still in that group. The Italian there. Behind the leading group I


can see Jessica Augusto, who won the Great North Run a couple of


years ago. You would sense there's enough of them here that the metals


are going to be sorted out from that group. There is the Tower of


slower than the first five. Still a steady pace. That is why that group


is so large, nobody wanting to push on a tour yet. This is where they


embankment. The Shard in the start to stretch out along the


Embankment, we are going to see athletes going in different


directions. It can be a little bit soul-destroying when you can see


the leaders a long way ahead of you. The first lap was two Miles and the


other three laps are eight miles. They are halfway round the first of


tickets. Lots of people didn't get tickets to watch the athletics, but


here they are getting the chance of building. Particularly because the


athletes from Great Britain have been doing so marvellously well.


Third in the medal table. You couldn't have envisaged that years


ago. It was the invention of the National Lottery, the National


Lottery funding and governing bodies in UK Sport. Between them,


the governing bodies, UK Sport and the National Lottery have


transformed British sport in this country. And they've also supported


the Olympic Games, and that whole thing was something we could never


have imagined in 1980, when I remember we went to the Moscow


Olympic Games and the government didn't want the British team to go


there because there was a Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Over the


years, the government attitude towards sport has become more


serious, concerned and more helpful. Look at the benefits that the


country is reaping from the London and watch the Olympic Games and say,


I was there. It is going to be a government bodies to almost


reinvent themselves. Winning medals is not something to be shied away


from. Over the last 12 years, particularly since City, the


programmes through sport have been making us better and better. You go


back to that time when the lottery first came in. Great Britain were


36 the in the medal table, won one gold medal at the Olympic Games in


rowing. That was it. Now you see gold medal after a gold medal. They


were brilliant in the stadium last night. Just to pick up on how that


has even helped, because Marathon running, the London Marathon and


the London Marathon itself has been part of the programme in UK


Athletics. It's been contributing towards the insurance programme.


Helping them said a big camps in Kenya at altitude, etc. It just


shows you if you invest and give resource to particularly those who


want to put the hard work in and the training and to support them


with science and medicine, etc, you can reap the rewards. The whole


attitude has changed. I remember back in the 70s and 80s, the


British Olympic Association and the governing bodies of sport for


almost an obstacle to success for the athletes and performers. Now


they have become supportive of the whole area. That is exactly what


has made the difference. We are all trying to help athletes get better.


That wasn't the case back then. Look at the benefit to the nation,


the response that the nation has given to these Olympic Games. You


can't knock that and you can't argue with that now. It has been a


fantastic vision that people have had to bring the Olympic Games to


London. Look at what has happened - fantastic! This is Shigetomo, from


Japan. Looking at the lead group, I can see off the back of it that


Freya Murray and Claire Hallissey are still there. Mara Yamauchi has


already had to drop out with an injury problem she had leading into


this Olympic Games. She has been unable to overcome a bruised heel.


It's been bothering her for quite a while. But the other two British


athletes still there. I know Claire Hallissey in particular has been


doing very well. She is one of those for whom London 2012 has been


a real inspiration, a target to aim at. She got herself into the team.


There is a big, big group. Looking down the back of it, I can see


Claire Hallissey just going through. I'm looking for Freya Murray. I


know she's in that group because the statistics say that she was in


about... There she is, about 23rd group comes Freya Murray, which is


really good news for Freya. I have to laugh when I spoke to her the


other day. She said her biggest concern on Monday was to put her


out of office replied be gone to her computer, so that if anybody e-


mailed her they would know she wasn't in the office this week,


she's at the Olympics. What are you doing at the Olympics? Taking part


in the marathon. Oh, lovely! good news is Hold the front page,


there's something in the sky which looks like it might be the son.


Over the years we joked about weather conditions. Steve has


always been an extremely reliable weather forecasters. Today he got


it absolutely wrong. He has admitted it, that's why we haven't


had a big argument, because he admitted he drivers here to The


Mall in the open air to get rained upon. Our floor manager at The We


are soaking up the atmosphere. And soaking up the water, too! Where


Two or three years ago, the Chinese looked as though they were really


going to develop, really dominate in women's marathon running but


it's fallen away a little bit. has. What has been amazing in the


marathon has been the arrival of the East Africans. They moved


through the events and eventually the Kenyans and Ethiopians started


taking the marathon seriously. The reason for that is because they can


earn a good living by running a marathon. They no training at


altitude is a big advantage. They are very happy to take advantage of


it themselves. They've got good training group in Addis Ababa and


in the Rift Valley, where all the Kenyan athletes come from. Even to


such an extent now that European teams are setting up training camps


in Kenya to take their that -- best athletes there to train at altitude.


Kenya is not only becoming the centre of African distance running


and Kenyan distance running, it is becoming the centre of European


distance running. Mo Farah spent months of Fair Trading for the


Olympic Games. -- months out there training for the Olympic Games.


the right-hand side, you can see pack. Claire Hallissey close by as


of them can have a good performance here. They will not be amongst the


medals. Weightman, of Australia. She has tailed away off this lead


group now. Going back through the first five to 10K, they are


running... For many, on a day like this, they would be quite happy


with the pace. But it will change, Italian. She had a big operation a


couple of years ago, removed her spleen and gall bladder. She said


it has given her a second half of her career and since then she has


run her best ever marathon. Kim Smith pushing and shoving around,


the tall figure just behind the leaders. They are beginning to


jostle again. They are coming up to care, right across everybody.


not used to watching this, as to why on a day like this, I'm sure


they don't even drink, well, they do. This isn't for now, it's for


later. Just trying to keep yourself topped up. I've a pre-prepared


drinks, they all have their different concoctions which they


prefer to have. It may well be just water for some, but usually they


make sure they don't just take any old string from any body. The team


and support group making sure that they get exactly what they've


prepared beforehand. Kibet, the former Kenyan who has won all


Netherlands for many years, as indeed has a Kiplagat, not to be


she knew in the crowd there just the athletes enjoying their Olympic


experience. If it is not going to be about medals for them, it's


going to be about enjoying their opportunity to be part of what has


already been a fantastic London point. Steady pace. It will change,


somebody will pick it and start to make a bit of a Porsche. The


Kenyans are absolutely not interested, except when there is a


drink station near by. They will be happy to stay well away from the


Eye this morning of everything that whether we will have the same sort


Brendan? I've taken my raincoat off and put my sunglasses on. We are


getting all seasons in 14 the summer. So far at these Games,


I don't think anyone has complained about the Gharib shower or


thunderstorm, except you, so far! We are sitting pretty here. We have


got a umbrellas, plastic coats, all the Time Trial, and the men's road


race, in the cycling, I just wonder if Paula Radcliffe had been a


contender, coming into these Games, with respect to the other British


women, I just wonder what the crowds Mode have been like. There


are plenty of people out there, however, as they go through nine


miles. 50 minutes, or thereabouts. BRENDAN FOSTER: The coaches, as you


know, will be thinking about getting to the halfway point,


putting yourself in a position, and they have all done that. They have


all run steadily, all the athletes who we think are going to feature


in this marathon. It is a big group, nobody has tried to do anything or


set any particular pace. They come round in front of Big Ben, where


the crowds are enormous. They are heading back towards the Mall, to


complete the first eight-mile loop. There's Freya Murray. I think she


is not far behind that leading group. We will get a split shortly,


to see what the GATT is, but it is breaking up just a little, that


group, now. You just get a sense that a couple of the Japanese


athletes might be moving through. There is Freya Murray, getting good


support from the British public. Sher removing quite nicely. Her


best, to point 28. Really very inexperienced still at the marathon.


I think she's going to get better and quicker, as she gets to grips


with the event. BRENDAN FOSTER: This is only her


second marathon. The other one was the qualification race, where she


finished just outside, and was selected as a reserve. Because of


the demise of Paula Radcliffe, she got in. She was telling me the


other day that Paula Radcliffe rang her to tell her that she was not


going to be able to run, to give her a chance to get herself


prepared. Obviously, being a reserved is different in terms of


preparation. But I think Freya Murray was so thrilled to have the


opportunity to go in the Olympic Games, she did not turn it down. I


am thrilled for her as well. There you can see the splits, that was


the quickest five kilometres - sorry, it was not the quickest, it


was quicker than the previous one. So, the pace remains the same. But


if it stays at this kind of pace, then even those with a PB of 2.26


will start to struggle. It is still a large group, up to 40 athletes


within 10-12 seconds of the lead, some moving much more comfortably


than others. There she is, about 20 seconds down now. In about 53rd


place. I think the last thing they want just now is a sponge filled


with water. Would you like one of those? Simon, a great career she


has had over the years. One or two names in here for whom I guess the


chance just to be here is the most important thing, their best


performances in the marathon being Olympic marathon, reaching one of


its most familiar spots, right in front of Buckingham Palace. This


time, when they turn into the Mall, they will have two big laps left,


16 miles of running left. Of course, the area's members of the Royal


Family have been enjoying getting around the venues. It has been


great to see the support they have shown. That would not be a bad


place to be sitting in Buckingham Palace, good views, nice and dry as


well. The first of the eight-mile laps almost completed. Mikitenko,


who led the runners along the Mall on a couple of occasions in the


London marathon, now finds herself in the leading group in the Olympic


marathon. The spectators are able to see on the big screen the


information that we are getting from the course, from the timing


systems, giving you the intermediate times. They are


encouraging them and us here in the Mall. It is a great place to be. --


the runners. Smith of New Zealand in the leading group. We have seen


some celebrations in the Mall in recent weeks, with the Jubilee,


then the bicycle road races, and now, the Women's Marathon. When you


look at it, with Buckingham Palace behind, and you think about 1948,


when the women were allowed to run 200m. 800m, they were not allowed


to run that, because that was too far for them. Now, they are running


the marathon, and the world record for women is two hours 15 minutes,


held by for a backer. -- held by Paula Radcliffe. At the time, those


kind of times had not even been run by a man. We have got seven or


eight women in this race today who have gone under two minutes 20.


STEVE CRAM: The two British athletes enjoying great support out


there. Keitany has been picked out by the camera, she looked very


comfortable, and so she should be. BRENDAN FOSTER: Keitany has run


four marathons, two of them in New York, which she did not win, and


two in London, which she won. She is a favourite to this race, and


she is running a conservative race, which will be to her liking. She


will be incredibly quick in the second part of this race, which


will be the challenge for these athletes - can they stay with Mary


Keitany? She did 67 minutes for the second half of the London marathon,


which is a fantastic time for a half-marathon anyway! And there's


Lornah Kiplagat, born in Kenya, married to a Dutchman, lives in


Holland now, but did the training camp in Kenya, where a lot of the


British athletes spent a lot of time training. Wreckage has been a


very good athlete in her time. -- Lornah Kiplagat. These pictures are


being shown all over the world. But the pictures look great. The


commentators look terrible, actually!


STEVE CRAM: Speak for yourself! 17 kilometres completed. There is


still a group of about 40 athletes, within three seconds of each other.


And after that, they are spreading out over 15 seconds or so. As they


come back down Northumberland Mall. There is a big screen, where


they can see the race progressing. There are big scoreboards, with


intermediate times being shown. In fact, they're coming through on the


big screen quicker than they are on our computer, Steve. It would help


if you knew how to use the computer! 52.20, for Freya Murray.


I am going to start using the big screen now, Steve.


STEVE CRAM: I am looking for Clare Hallissey, actually. When they came


past us... She is 66th on the big screen, Steve. You got there before


I did. Still at the front, the Italian Straneo. She is very happy


to be pushing things along. Clare Hallissey, more than a minute


behind the leaders. Again, coming through the feed station. Dibaba


moves across, and it seems as though it is the turn of Jeptoo to


collect the drinks for the Kenyans this time. Jeptoo comes across,


joined by Kiplagat and Keitany. Every single time, it is stressful.


Could it be getting stressed for them. -- I am getting stressed for


them. The Americans, happy in that group. A little bit more spread out


now. Mikitenko looks comfortable, just taking a drink. Just watch


this again, every time, Kiplagat, coming in... Got it? Just about.


You're making me nervous now. Because of now, these are crucial.


It is so important, the way these athletes have trained and prepared,


that they actually do get their own drinks. There's plenty of athletes


who, for whatever reason, like Mara Yamauchi, carrying an injury, are


dropping out. But they decided to take the risk, but it is not the


sort of event where you can just kind of hope to get through it. A


little bit of jetting between Kiplagat and Jeptoo. Looking very


relaxed, as they should be. As we get a few rays of sunshine. I would


not exactly say the weather is turning. But it has been pretty


good for these athletes. Just avoiding that one big puddle, I


think that is the only area where there is a lot of water on the road.


Straneo has been up front for much of it, but for the first time, she


looks as though she is just picking drinking Technic there. Here we go,


Straneo put in a bit of pressure on at the front for the first time. So,


they stretch out, a couple of them thinking, do we go with this? We


saw the Kenyans having a bit of a conversation just a bit earlier.


Zhu has decided to follow the Italian. Mikitenko nicely tucked in


on the inside. And here come the Kenyans on the outside. Kiplagat


and Jeptoo, with Keitany as well, just happy to let others mess


around with the pace a little bit. They are not going to be concerned


about the Italian, I don't think. You can see Xueqin Wang at the back


of the group. Zhu is the most it is starting to get a move on at


the front of this Olympic marathon. I notice the three Kenyans, led by


Mary Keitany, as soon as there was a sense that some of the better


athletes were gathering towards the front, they decided they would take


a bit closer order. On the right- hand side there, Jeptoo and Keitany


go under the underpass. The Blackfriars area. Then they will


take their left turn again. Start the twisty section around St Paul's


starting to take its toll, all this plastic I'm wearing! Is that what


the greenhouse effect means? everything, I'll do the science,


little inclined -- incline. A long Queen Victoria Street. Then they


will turn round the back of St interesting. This is the part of


the race, approaching halfway, Brendan was saying earlier, get to


halfway and the race really starts to develop. I just wonder whether


every -- anybody wants to make an early effort to get away or at


least to break up this fairly steady rhythm. Mary Keitany knows


London so well. She has won the we'd seen the best of her, but she


looks fairly comfortable today. She looks nice and fresh, well prepared.


I'm a bit surprised to see her there, too, Steve. Her best days


certainly are behind her. She's not going to run faster than she's run


before. But she's got herself ready and competitive. It's a fairly


competitive pace, they are not even outside 70 minutes. Lots of these


athletes have run faster than 2.20 for the marathon, so they should be


comfortable at the halfway point. They are halfway round the second


Embankment. There is St Paul's Cathedral again. The bells are


including that 100m tonight. Usain Bolt. If last night was anything to


go by, tonight will be amazing when the great Usain Bolt steps into


that Stadium and lines up for the start of the 100m. The starter,


Alan Bell from the north-east of England, he was the man who


disqualified Usain Bolt in Daegu, and he is as nervous as we are. He


hopes he doesn't have to disqualify him tonight. I saw him earlier in


the week, before the Games started. I don't think he is going to be


doing the men's 100m. But he has been part of the team, making sure


everything has gone smoothly in the course, but not by much. Straneo is


the leader, but there's still a big pack their. All the main contenders


in that pack including the Ethiopian and the Kenyans and the


City of London. Will be rejoining the marathon shortage. On BBC Three


at the moment, the route has closed on Centre Court. Later on BBC One,


we'll be live for the men's gold medal match, Andy Murray against


Roger Federer. Coverage about to start on BBC Three of the women's


gold medal match, the Williams sisters in action against the Czech


Republic pair. These are the shop from Weymouth. The wind blowing


strongly. At 1240 the sailing starts, the Star and in races. Ben


Ainslie going for a gold medal, Andrew Simpson and Iain Percy also


going for gold. Various options on your red button. This is Nick


Skelton on Big Star, jumping his second round for the team, first


round for the team, second round for the individual competition. He


went clear yesterday and again he jumped clear today. Good news of


Ben Maher on Tripple X, he also had also in the team. Cycling at the


velodrome. Victoria Pendleton has qualified fastest for the women's


sprint. Coverage of that tomorrow night. The omnium continues tonight,


Ed Clancy in that. The velodrome has been one of the really big hits


in terms of venues of these Olympic Games. Tickets for that are very


hard to get hold of, whereas with the marathon Eakin line the streets


without paying for a ticket at all. And if you are brave enough to take


the chance on the weather, or even if you live somewhere on the route,


now is the time to get out there because the sun is coming out and


we are getting towards the crucial stages. We rejoin our commentary


by in order to get out to watch them now. It wouldn't be any good


if you lived in Newcastle, you wouldn't get here in time!


doesn't matter where you are, hopefully people on the course


getting good information about what's happening. The race is


starting to warm up a little bit. The group is being whittled down.


Freya Murray proved 20 K, as they are about to go through the halfway


point, she was in 53rd place. 50 kilometres, not short - not far off


the halfway point back up. Straneo in first place at the moment, Zhu


in second. But a lot of the athletes we figure will feature


here, we can see Keitany, the is going to be quicker. That is a


good size group. Now the halfway... Half of the marathon is behind them


and now its concentration time, its tactics time and it's who's going


to be brave enough and strong enough and who is prepared to


strike out early enough. There's a variety of options here. I'm


looking at the Kenyans running as a team. There's a couple of Ethiopian


is in there. They all run under 2.19. They is Shobukhova, the


fastest marathon runner in the field. She is detached from that


group. That's a surprise. She was one of the favourites coming into


this race. We expected her to run well and be in contention all the


way. She is off the pack. I don't quite know how far behind it is but


she wouldn't be in that position through choice. She'd rather be in


this group. There's the group going the moment. That is a surprise.


That's not where she wants to be. There's no reason for her to be


back there other than she is going through a tough time. She's the


second fastest marathon runner after Paula Radcliffe's world


record. She's won the last three Chicago marathons, she's won here


in London before. She was an athlete who you would certainly


figure, certainly expect to be at least on the rostrum. That is the


first surprise of this women's marathon. Shobukhova of Russia


hasn't run a marathon this year and off to the big city marathons and


produce the fast times. It's another when you have to prepare in


a completely different way for the Olympic marathon and all that that


down. Another pass by the water station. It's easier to negotiate


this now with less people in this group, less people to cut across.


Zhu grabbing her drink. You just feel as though it's down to


business now. A bit more concentration on the faces of most


of these athletes. Kiplagat coming right across again. Keitany, the


same. Everybody anxious to make sure they are taking the right fuel


point you can really pay for it later on. There is Shobukhova.


She's moving all right. Not able to produce the sort of performance


that she would expect, for whatever marathon running. To see an athlete


has been so prominent in the world marathon Major's. The lead athletes


going through Leadenhall Market now. was one of the Ethiopians. I'm not


sure who tripped her up, but from the back it was a bit of a club. I


was tempting fate saying that some point, it was Gelana who has gone


down. There is a shiver Cover. She seemed to be moving all right and


all of a sudden now she's had to stop completely. They have to be


something wrong, didn't they? The Russian, one of the pre-race


favourites... Do you know what I find strange there? She still have


to stop her watch before she stopped running. That is just a


habit. You know the Olympic marathon is the one they all


trained for, the one they all work excessively hard for. Some of them,


as we've seen today, have found this a race too far. They come into


the race and they've decided to run because it is the Olympics. In


normal circumstances, Yamauchi wouldn't have run this race. It


looks like Shobukhova wouldn't have run this raced if it wasn't the


Olympics. You've got to give it a shot but unfortunately her body was


unable to hold it together. She will be very disappointed. And our


own Yamauchi. There is Shobukhova, she is in tears and holding her


away as you can from the finish. They get picked up along the route.


Anyone who does drop out will be picked up and brought back. Now we


start to see the Kenyans moving to the front of the field. The


Ethiopian who took a tumble, there she is, back up and running


smoothly. You can just tell the them is off the group there. You


can see the effect it is starting to have, getting stretched out


behind. The two Japanese athletes not able to stay with this. As they


head up towards the Tower of London once more. The next time they come


back here, they will be starting to turn towards what will be the


finishing stretch really of this Olympic Marathon. Still 1.5 laps to


go, really. That group is getting smaller all the time.


BRENDAN FOSTER: It is now just over 20 athletes in that group, and one


by one, they are falling away from it. The Tower of London, a great


nothing short of stunning already. I'm sure there will be more to come


in the stadium tonight and elsewhere. Today, there will not be


any British success in this Women's Marathon. That's not to say it is


not an enthralling race. You can see Kara Goucher, and Tim Smith, in


that group. I was just wondering whether Shalane Flanagan was still


there. I cannot see her in that group, the other American. No, I


don't think she is there. I have just seen Augusto, from Portugal,


entering that group now. She is a former winner of the Great North


Run. Kara Goucher on the outside, looking into the group. The three


trying to work out where the gap is, because all of a sudden, this group


of about 15-20, are putting a bit of distance between themselves and


those chasing. The pace really is on now. Coming back past Monument.


London Bridge on their left. I think there are one or two athletes


between the leading group and the chasing group, but nonetheless, the


gap is getting bigger all the time. 22 seconds, that gap, at the moment.


I don't think there's anyone in that chasing group who will have


any effect whatsoever on the race. So, this is where it is all


happening. You can see people dropping off the back. These are


the athletes who are starting to be the players at the business end of


this race. There's a shot of the Monument to the Great Fire of


London. The athletes coming past there. The winner and the medalists


are definitely going to come from that group. There is no reason to


be anywhere other than in that group. The pace has not been


excessive. You can see that Augusto has now joined that group, along


with Barros, also from Portugal. And there, the beginnings of a move


from Kiplagat, looking over her shoulder. The world champion from


Daegu last year. The Kenyans had so many to choose from, but they


decided to go for major Championship form in selecting


their team. They did not just go for major marathons around the


world. And now, the race is on for real. In response to that, Gelana


of Ethiopia moved up quickly, and Edna Kiplagat has now decided it is


time to make a move. STEVE CRAM: Approaching 25


kilometres, I would be very surprised if this did not turn out


to be the quickest five kilometres Kiplagat has obviously decided she


would like to get the group cut down a bit more. You can see the


group breaking up. Others deciding, we cannot go with this. Clara


through are making a real effort to try to stay with it. But now, these


six have it between them, three from Kenya, three from Ethiopia, a


familiar story. Flanagan and Clara coucher are watching that gap grow.


I suppose for them, they have got to think, let's keep going steady,


you never know, but there are 6 very good athletes now in this


leading group. Five of them have gone under two hours 20, which is a


sign of real class. So, the race, as we have seen on the track and on


the roads many, many times, the might of East Africa - three


Ethiopians, who had all gone under 2 20, and the three Kenyans as well.


Keitany, the London marathon winner from this year is amongst them. And


Kiplagat, the world champion. Now, Keitany drifts to the front. This


is going to be a war of attrition now. Just over halfway round the


third of these eight-mile loops. Kiplagat looks comfortable on one


side of the road. Keitany has chosen to take the other side of


the road. The two of them beginning to make the race happen. One


athlete setting off in pursuit of this group of six, trying to break


away from the chasing group. Well, that previous five kilometres was


the quickest, as we suggested. Actually, most of that was in the


last two or three kilometres. It is only going to build from here.


Mikitenko trying to hang on to this chasing group. They will be hoping


that something happens at the front, but given the way the race has gone,


I cannot really see anyone from that group coming back. It would


only be if they start looking at each other, which may be they are


doing at the moment. Flanagan trying to get back on to that group


of six, as they had along the Embankment again. It is only still


a steady pace. Amazingly, within a couple of hundred metres, five of


the six athletes find themselves at the front of the race. Gelana is a


very good athlete. They have got some titles between them. Mergia


won in Dubai, running two hours 19. Shalane Flanagan, the bronze-


medallist from 2008 in the 10,000m. Kiplagat, the world champion,


leading. Those three have all won big races. Shalane Flanagan has


only run a couple of marathons, but she is a tough cookie. She trains


extremely hard, she is prepared to hurt herself. Zhu of China moves


alongside her, and then Augusto, the Portuguese. There are going to


be some changes in the chasing pack, but you have got to bet at this


point that the gold-medallist, and probably the podium athletes, will


come from this leading group. Here we are at the feed stations. It is


a little bit easier now, with a smaller group. The Kenyan coach


determined to make sure it happens. Make sure you do it properly this


time. You do not have to cut across people. Mary Keitany gets a drink,


the others get theirs. Job done. One more time - let's see if they


can do it for the last time. Interestingly, Zhu has just about


got onto the back of that group. I think they are slowing at the front.


Flanagan doing her best to get up with them. Mikitenko, still in with


a chance. They are hoping that this group might break up, but six has


become seven, and could shortly become eight or nine here. You can


always tell when they are running side-by-side, nobody wanting to


push on. Kiplagat had a go at doing it. Keitany is in the lead at the


moment, but they are not pushing on. They have just dropped the pace


again. She was lucky there. should have thrown that further


away. But remember in the World Championships last year, Kiplagat?


She fell at the feeding station. quite a late point in the race as


well. There, the Italian athlete. And Kara Goucher also setting off


to catch up with the leading group. So, two Americans up and amongst it.


We said a few minutes ago that maybe the six had it between them,


but they have slowed, they have allowed Zhu, Flanagan, Augusto but,


and Kara Goucher to catch up. Smith has not been able to catch up,


however, which is a bit of a pity. Barros from Portugal, in that


little group which is maybe 15 seconds behind the leading athletes.


Well, it was a disappointing start, really, to the day, for the British


team, with Mara Yamauchi, with the injury she had before she started,


having to drop out inside 10 kilometres. Let's get her thoughts.


Obviously, disappointment that you have to drop out, but you gave it a


go with your injury... Yes, I had a bruise on my heel, I was managing


it, it was not the best situation, for the Olympic Marathon, but I was


confident I could give it a go. I started off, but on the second


corner, it started hurting. I did my best. It is not a good place to


be, to drop out of the Olympic Marathon in your home Games, but I


gave it my best. I did not want my Olympic journey to end like this, I


am sorry for everybody who has supported me and encouraged me and


come out in the pouring rain to support me today, but I am still so


grateful for their help. So many people have really helped me,


especially the Visio and medical staff at UK Athletics, and all my


friends and family. I am so happy to have been part of this historic


home Games in London. I know how determined you were to get on to


the starting line. I saw you at the training camp in Portugal, and you


said you were physical fit, apart from this injury. Yes, I have been


doing lots of cross-training, so why was confident that in


cardiovascular terms, I was fit. And I had been able to run on my


foot. I thought about withdrawing beforehand, but I decided, no, it


is not that bad, I can run, I can do the race. I had high hopes, but


sadly, it was not to be. Life goes on, I will recover, and get back. I


just need to rest it now and get it better. Now, when you come back for


treatment, what is The Feeling amongst the people who have been


helping you? They are incredibly professional and helpful, they have


worked so hard all along to help me. Today, they have been incredibly


helpful. I am sorry for them that their hard work did not pay off,


but very grateful to them. Thanks already knew there, her heel


couldn't stand up to the test today. The crowds are really building up


in Westminster Square. One or two little changes happening. This was


Gelana asking, where is my drink? One of her compatriots, Mergia, the


winner of the Dubai marathon, is struggling. Augusta just went past


her. Flannigan trying to hang on to this group, as indeed is Zhu. But


the Kenyans are now dictating this. If it was a team race you'd be


putting your bet on the Kenyan team. But it's an individual race and a


race for medals. On the left-hand side, Jeptoo, with the strange are


flicking of her right leg style. off the group, so now there's three


Kenyans, two Ethiopian and the chasing group. Zhu of China,


Flannigan working hard in the chasing position. Jessica Augusto


of Portugal chasing hard. These five beginning to run a breast,


beginning to run strongly. Then they come down The Mall. One 8


macro mile lap to go. That will decide the future in a Lebid terms


for these athletes. Keitany, the smaller figure. The athlete who


we've seen already run brilliant. This is her favourite place, this


is where she wins marathons. Can she win it again in London today?


The two Ethiopia's, Dibaba and Gelana, are there for company. Her


two team-mates, world champion Edna Kiplagat and on the other side,


Priscah Jeptoo, the runner up in the championships. There's no


shortage of talent in this leading group. If you can catch that group,


if Zhu can catch them or if Shalane Flanagan can catch them, this is


flicks up to the side. That's why occasionally she gets in trouble.


That action with the full swinging up to the right, sometimes you come


into a collision with another athlete. There is Mergia struggling


now. Mergia won the Dubai marathon and there were one or two


suggestions that the fast times in Dubai this year, the course was a


little bit different and a couple of questions about the fast times,


but the Ethiopian stuck with it in terms of selection. 30 made, Dibaba,


who was third behind her, she is running much better. I think it is


just Mergia having a bad day to day. Bronze-medallist three years ago at


the World Championships. She's not try and keep them at least within


which, for so many thousands of people, is such a welcome sight


every year in the London Marathon. I wouldn't say these guys are


getting sick of it now but next time round it will be the last time


for them. It is a good course, marathons, it is Nick Patel and his


team. They've done it brilliantly once again. Everything is arranged


for the comfort of the athletes and the spectators. They are now


delivering the Olympic marathon in London. That is a real tribute to


this organisation. Jeptoo may be finding this a little bit hard work


diminutive figure of Dibaba bear. And Gelana, as they come right in


front of us here in The Mall. Approaching 30 kilometres. One more


lap to go, eight Miles are still to whether 80 files can shake this


group of. His Jeptoo going to be able to stay with them? She looks


OK now. She was a metre or so adrift, but she's running alongside


the leaders. Look at Shalane Flanagan. She's really working hard,


she has overtaken Zhu and is working in the sixth position.


There is Jessica Augusto coming back as well. 17 seconds down on


the lead. Down the road I think I saw Kara Goucher, about 10 seconds


going to come between them. Eight miles to go, the many miles of


training, the many miles of competition, the many titles these


people have won, and one of them, only one of them, is going to come


out on top. Which one will it be? Keitany looks controlled and looks


Running next to her his Arkhipova or. A very good steeplechase runner


with medals at Europeans and the World Championships. She has made a


fairly successful move up into the marathon in recent years. Having a


other pre-race favourites, Shobukhova, she dropped out. Just


beyond halfway. Mara Yamauchi had to pull out with injury,


representing Great Britain in the first nine kilometres. Just


watching for Freya Murray to come in front of us. She was about a


minute and a half ahead of Claire Hallissey last time. She was in


the splits coming. This race with lots still to happen. None of this


five in particular have tried to kilometres. 16.21. That was by far


the quickest. That is fast running. These women have been able to break


that group up. Flannigan is having to watch as the Russian moves away.


It was a real, brave effort from the American champion. Zhu also


looks as though her Evatt is starting to Peter away. -- her


effort. The Russian, about eight or nine seconds behind this group.


Right in front of us, Freya Murray just moving through on The Mall.


She has got to stick to her task now. She's got to work at it. She


went off quickly by her standards. She's only run one marathon before.


The Russian, Arkhipova, chasing that group. Now the gaps are


beginning to show him the leading group in the women's marathon. Mary


Keitany getting a drink from the side. Jeptoo and Kiplagat likewise.


The two Ethiopian, Gelana and Dibaba. Gelana you would have


thought would be a danger here. The world champion Kiplagat and the


world championship runner up jet to run together. -- Jeptoo. Once again,


Dibaba for was the drink straight to the floor. That can cause an


accident because those robust plastic bottles, the athletes can


and do trip over those bottles. Shalane Flanagan working so hard to


get back to this group. Zhu of China getting rolled on along the


by Arkhipova. It looks like there's a little bit of a break-up in the


leading group, a little bit of a move. We look at Shalane Flanagan


heading towards that leading group. Arkhipova looks as though she's


running so strongly. Things are going to change him the lead party.


This group of five is going to we enter the last seven miles or so.


Clare Hallissey has passed through the finish area. Heading out on her


last lap as well. Not looking as comfortable as Freya, who is still


moving reasonably well. But at the front, these five now, have they


got it between them, can the Russian take advantage of them?


It's a gap of about six or seven seconds. Maybe one or two more.


She's looking very comfortable and if you are a 2.25 or 2.26 runner


you feel comfortable for a while, but when you pick up a couple of


five Kay, that's when it starts to break up. That's why the Russian


has done a pretty good job of that because she's not have fast times


runs when you are running flat out all the way mean one thing. As we


look at Dibaba, the Ethiopian athletes, now just fallen off the


pace. It is easier to run a fast and even pace. It is obviously


easier to run a fast time when you've got a pacemaker. But now


we've got a race, the first part of it was steady. The second half is


obviously quicker. As we look at Arkhipova, who is roaring through


the field, going faster and faster. It looks as though, to me, she's


going to catch that leading group. They are certainly not racing each


other in the front yet, but this is a very impressive performance by


the Russian. Former steeplechase runner. 9.9 her best. If she was


running 9.9 at these Olympic Games, she'd have a good chance in the


steeplechase. They are going to have a bit of a shock when they


look over their shoulder. These four probably not expecting


somebody from the pack to come and join them, but that's what's going


to happen. She looks very comfortable. Quicker than that lead


pack because she is catching them, but I'm wondering whether or not


when she gets there, whether she's going to settle their or maintain


this sort of pace. She might just feel if she keeps going, she might


be able to break this group of. I have a feeling that once she is on


to them she would just sit and watch a bit. It looks as though the


pressure is on in this group as well. The gaps are now starting to


appear. The Russian is perhaps starting to take advantage of that.


Keitany is at the front and is putting her foot down a little.


There were five, then there were four, now there's five again.


will be a shock when they look over their shoulder and see it is not


the other Ethiopian athlete, Dibaba, champion. Jeptoo looks behind to


see where her team-mate is. Three or four metres and it is the


Russian who can now maybe sense there could be something for her


here. I'm a little bit surprised. It was a risk from the Kenyan


selectors. Big-match temperament was something they went for, but


quickly. Mary Keitany has done nothing wrong yet. Settled with the


leaders. Aware of everything going on. Back in the pack in the early


stages with her team-mate, Kiplagat, the world champion who we are


looking at. But Keitany, who we've seen run extremely quickly in the


second half of the London Marathon, running quicker in the second half


of this race today than they did in the first half and that will bring


them home closer to two minute -- 2:20. 73.13 through the first half.


That pressure is now being applied by Keitany for the first time. The


Russian, having got herself involved, finds that the impetus


she has provided from behind has forced the issue. For around St


Paul's for the last time for the lead group. Up into Paternoster


Square. I think the crowds have responded to Clare Balding's


way. Going for medals in the Olympic marathon in London. Keitany,


the tiny figure of Mary Keitany. The Russian close that gap. Once


again we are looking at Shalane Flanagan. Working hard. She will


keep working hard all the way, but as soon as the Russian joined this


group, Mary Keitany decided she didn't want any company, she didn't


want too much company, she was happier running with the group she


has been running with. A little injection of pace. Maybe for pace


the Russian was going up to catch them, she looks a bit slower. She


has settled down a bit. Maybe she was just making that effort, but


the group is now back to five. Kiplagat, the world champion, who


looked to be in trouble a few hundred metres to go, accelerates


and joins the group. Now the Ethiopia and, Gelanar, the


Rotterdam winner, takes over. Dibaba must now be in 6th place.


That is a big gap as well. She is going to come under pressure from


those chasing her. Three Kenyans, one Ethiopian and one Russian as


they move around the Museum of London. Almost 360 degrees turn


around the roundabout to go back on themselves. They will head towards


the Guild Hall. Eventually up towards the Tower of London. You


can see a gap of 31 seconds. Gelanar keeps looking across. She


has nobody to chat to. Maybe the chatter has stopped between the


Kenyans. He felt as though Keitany had had and it will nibble at the


front. Kiplagat fell off the back, it looked like the Russian was


going to struggle, but Keitany has settled back again and then the


group got together and now it is maybe Jeptoo's turn. Jeptoo, with


that action, with hardly any money left. It is not always a bad thing


for marathon runners. Some of the track runners who moved to the


marathon, particularly people like Haile Gebrselassie, spend time


training to know it at the knee left. I remember going for a run


with car Stella, the great Australian, and I wondered what he


was doing, he was shuffling. He ran about eight minutes for the first


mile on the training run. I don't think his feet came off the ground.


He got faster after that, mind you! the four had from Russian. She is


having a great race. -- forehead. I would not have put her in with a


medal chance beforehand. Should be covert was the one everybody was


looking to. A former steeplechaser who is trying to mix it with this


looking quite as relaxed as she had been. Is she under pressure? The


Ethiopian looking very relaxed. Winner of the Rotterdam Marathon.


This is a little further back. We were on about the chasing group. A


good gap back to Makarovar, the other Russian, who was running


strongly a couple of miles back. She is going to have a good strong


finish, but she will not finish near these guys. You can see


Shalane Flanagan behind Dibaba in looks tired now. As indeed does


Augusto. Big gaps between -- behind that leading group. Almost two


hours of running behind them. Jessica Augusto worked hard to get


through to that leading group. She still looks strong, she looks like


about pushing on a little bit. Keitany on the far side, Jeptoo on


Championships 10,000m. Xiaolin Zhu was carrying the flag for China.


She was with the group earlier on. A valiant effort from her. She is


struggling now as well. Maybe others have paced things a little


better. That is Dibaba and Flanagan. people on the streets. This is one


of the free events at these Olympics. Just trying to see but a


duck Kiplagat is struggling. As soon as there's a bit of pace at


the front, she can't go with it. The pace is not consistent at the


front. Nobody is really making a move yet. Two hours of marathon


running behind them. 20 odd minutes left. And the Russian, who has come


from a long way back, now takes the lead. Quickly followed by the


Ethiopian and then a gap to Mary Keitany and Jeptoo. A tight turn.


The two are locked in battle. Is this a move? Will Mary Keitany be


able to do respond? They go through the leaden Hall market. The


drumming band keeping the crowds entertained. Four of them now. Look


at that gap. I think every time they get to a feeding station, the


Kenyans don't move through it as smoothly. A still think Keitany is


not as comfortable as she was a little while back. Flanagan moves


past Dibaba. Moving into 6th place now. She will start to have her


eyes on a tiring end. Kiplagat is 20 seconds ahead of Flanagan at the


moment. Still around four miles of running left in this Olympic


marathon and it is the Russian leading. Two Kenyans with her and


the Ethiopian. Augusto being passed by Meyer rover. Another 20 seconds


behind Flanagan. Kenya desperately want to win this gold medal. They


want to win this marathon title. recent years to produce the better


athletes to come and win the Olympic titles in the distance


events. I remember you were saying in the stadium the other night, Kip


Koenig talking about an ambitious target of medals. The men's 10,000m


last night did not materialise. It did not materialise in the women's


10,000m, either. But will it in the marathon? The Kenyans have never


won the marathon. The women's behind. Shalane Flanagan 32 seconds


behind the leaders. We are all waiting for something to happen.


Will it be a move from the Russian or will the Ethiopian record holder


make a move? Is Mary Keitany strong enough? We look at Shalane Flanagan,


who has run a lonely but brave race. Her training partner, Goucher, says


she doesn't know what pain is, Flanagan. She hurts herself but she


never shows it. You know she is hurting now, but the relaxed look


on her face, the inner pain she is going through. This is a tough road.


She aimed for a marathon medal. She got a medal in the 10,000m last


time around. Not to be in the into the last six: it has of this


Olympic marathon. -- they are into. Slowed a little after that very


quick five-kilometre stretch between 25 and 30. Faye ran 16.21


for that section. -- they ran. But the damage has been building. The


pace was slightly slowed when the Russian could come back onto the


leading group. Kiplagat has really suffered. Flanagan might hope that


she can get the Kenyan in her sights in these last few miles. She


can see her on the other side of the road and the gap is not as big


as it was before. That gives her a chance to see what she has to do.


She now has her in her sights. She is running strongly again, working


hard, and looking relaxed. She is checking on the opposition behind


road. That is Dibaba. The other Russian as well. The crowd are


seeing a really good race here today. Two hours and four minutes


and still the marathon is in question. It is always in question


in the last four miles. Even though sometimes it looks as if athletes


have winning leagues, this is where the body struggles and suffers.


When you run out of glycogen, when you have defeated your reserves,


some fates -- sometimes athletes can suddenly slowed down


drastically and occasionally others really well. And is in that leading


group. This is where all of the action is. Mary Keitany at the


crunch -- at the front, pushing things along. We have seen Edna


Kiplagat, the world champion, for a way, under pressure. Mayorova, the


other Russian. Do you think the crowds on the streets will be


waiting for the silly hats? I think they are wearing the silly hats!


They are providing great support, there are flags from all over the


world, which is great to see. Even here, on the Mile, the stands are


packed, there still applauding athletes who still have one lap to


go. Giving them greater support. It won't be long before they see the


winner of this marathon, which will come from this group, after 23


wonder, the Russian is starting to dictate things a little bit. Gelana


has looked relaxed for a long time now, just glancing across at the


Russian. Jeptoo. That right foot flicking out. It is hard to tell


from their facial expressions. I think if Mary Keitany was feeling


good, she would be pushing from here, wanting to break up this


group. When we have seen her at her best, she has been able to force


Edna Kiplagat, out of it now. She is struggling, working hard.


Flanagan it is working hard to get back into contention, she has run


an awful long wait on her own, with great support from the crowd, as


they have recognised the American strip. She has her target in sight.


accurate, 51 seconds behind the leaders. Flanagan, running well.


But maybe not close enough to this group. Mary Keitany, this tiny


Kenyan. Petrova on that side. The Ethiopian record holder, Gelana.


World Championship silver medal, Jeptoo, has been there all the time,


hasn't done anything serious. Petrova. We have had a Russian


winner before. That was back in 1992. She had looked as if she had


lost it at one point. In Barcelona, they had a massive hill to contend


with. Searing heat, hilly course. Then, Atlanta was really tough, as


in Sydney. Here, with the weather conditions, they haven't been kind


to us in the commentary box, but they have been kind to the runners.


And in the second half of the race, to the fans who have come out in


numbers to watch this. Flanagan, closing down on the world champion.


Moving into 5th place. Edna Kiplagat, she won that race in


Daegu. She looked comfortable for most of the race today. This group


of four, the Ethiopian record holder, the Kenyan, winner of the


London Marathon. Silver medal, Jeptoo. And the Russian, Petrova.


We have never seen in a Kenyan win the women's marathon. Is today


going to change that? They have two Flanagan down. She herself is very


close to Edna Kiplagat. The Russian, for the first time, looks as though


she is fading a little bit. She has only 11 of her marathons. They are


rallying again. That burst comes to an end rather quickly. Blackfriars


Bridge, along the Embankment. Jeptoo, the world silver-medallist.


Gelana, from Ethiopia, has looked relaxed all the way through.


Flanagan now moving into fifth- place. Xiaolin Zhu is finishing


really strongly as well. I do not think they will affect the race at


the front, they are too far behind at this late stage. Coming along


this embarrassment, a part of this race, particularly Mary Keitany


will remember, winning the London and Rathen -- marathon. You can see


the action of Jeptoo. That is where, sometimes, she caused us problems,


towards the finish. Gelana of Ethiopia, who won the Rotterdam


Marathon. The last time they will take


sustenance on board, the Russian deciding not to bother. Jeptoo not


only Grad heroine, but another. The passed by Jessica Augusto. Xiaolin


Zhu has moved into 5th place. Jessica Augusto is running well,


just checking her time. She has run a conservative race but came


through nicely. She looks really strong.


This is real sportsmanship from Jeptoo. Mary Keitany, being the


team captain, a wonder if she gets looks for her drink. Xiaolin Zhu of


often tell. On the track sometimes you can look for expressions and


how people are feeling, but all four of these... Keitany is maybe


showing some strain on her face. are coming down to it. None of them


will know who has got a really, really fast sprint finish because


they have never been in this situation before. They have never


seen each other sprint at the end of a marathon. Augusto is running


great now. Really, really well. From absolutely no where, the


Ukrainian, who has run a personal best this year of 2:24. That was in


Japan. You were talking about a track runner, she is looking like a


10,000m runner. She has come from way back. Flanagan has run a hard


race today. But the Ukrainian... Obviously the plan was to run the


second half of the race first event -- faster than the first half. She


is eating up the arts. She has got... She has made up a minute on


Flanagan in four kilometres. Terrific running. Absolutely flying


at the moment. She will not do anything about the medals, but may


well have a top five or top-six have run the second half of her


race much quicker than she has done before. Who is your money on? Who


do you think will take this? Kenya have never won this Olympic


marathon title. Russia have done before, Ethiopia have before. This


is the quickest runner on the road at the moment. She certainly is.


She looks strong. Two: it has to go in the women's marathon. -- Tim


kilometres. They are getting the kind of support we witness annually


in the London Marathon. Priscah Jeptoo, near Arras to the crowd.


Archipova of Russia in the White first. Gelana of Ethiopia, the


Ethiopian record holder, next to her. Probably the race favourite,


Mary Keitany. They turn next to Big Ben and what a race we have in


prospect. Who will make the first move? Is Keitany coming under


pressure? She moves to the outside. Gelana presses on. Jeptoo is


looking good. This is anyone's race. Will it come down to the last


couple of hundred metres? You would like to get the race finished


before it becomes to a sprint finish, maybe they will not be able


to do that today. They have only got a mile to go. Maybe that Clarke


is for the leaders, actually. I'm sure it is. -- that clock.


Ukrainian will move into 5th place, but a long way behind these four.


They come down towards Birdcage Walk. We've seen this in the London


Marathon before. We've seen three or four coming around the last


corner together. Are we going to see a sprint finish? This is Mary


Keitany starting to struggle. She is trying to hang on. That little


gap appears as Gelana and Jeptoo put the pressure on. For Russia and


is still there, but Keitany is struggling. A we go back down the


road and see the changes occurring. Augusto in the background. The


Ukrainian moving past bijou of China. These are the minor places.


Mary Keitany is off the group. It is down to three and it looks as


though the medals are decided. Which country is going to take the


gold? Keitany, the favourite, the winner of the London Marathon this


year, isn't going to be strong enough today. The gap has opened.


The Russian coming under pressure, too. The Ethiopian and the other


Kenyan, Jeptoo, at the World Championship silver medallist. She


looks like she will get a medal today. Will Gelana prevail? Often


when you see Ethiopian some Kenyans, Ethiopians always tend to have a


good sprint finish as a general rule. Gelana is trying to make this


a long run. A long run for Ethiopia and a gold medal. It looks like for


Russia and is out of contention. It looks like she did her running


early. The crowds are creating a real atmosphere. Gelana, the


Ethiopian marathon record holder. We saw cheeriness Dibaba win the


10,000m the other night. -- cherished Dibaba. Is this going to


be Ethiopia's second victory in the Olympic marathon history? Moving


alongside Japan. Incidentally, the race has been devoid of a great


performance by the Japanese. Jeptoo, the World Championship silver


medallist, on her way to becoming the Olympic silver medallist.


Cheeky Gelana, winner of Rotterdam, the Ethiopian record holder, look


at the sight ahead of her. She has always been in contention. 41.5


kilometres to go, she is well within sight of the finish. They


run around the Queen Victoria Memorial. She is beginning to


sprint. She can't relax yet. It looks like it is a winning gap. The


abroad goes up as the Ethiopian enters the Mall in first place.


Buckingham Palace behind her. 26 miles behind her. Has she done


enough? 12 years ago, in Sydney, her uncle won the Olympic marathon.


Will Tiki Gelana make it two gold medals in the family or will she


come under pressure in the last 300 metres from Jeptoo? Jeptoo is


fighting hard, but the Ethiopian looked behind once more. It is hers


to win. She grits her teeth and digs deep. She finds a bit of speed.


She pumps the arms hard. It has been an enthralling marathon.


What's more, it will be Ethiopia who will take the honours. One more


look behind. A little bit of concern from her, but I don't think


there's any need because Jeptoo can't raise any sort of sprint


finish. The crowd showing their appreciation. She ran a super race


in Rotterdam to qualify for the Olympics. She showed she could run


a fast time and this time she showed she could win a major


championship. Gelana is the Olympic champion! Ethiopia take the gold


medal. Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya takes the silver. And then the


surprise package, really. Archipova of Russia coming in to take a well


deserved bronze medal. She is going to run a personal best as well. And


then the favourite, the pre-race favourite, Mary Keitany, almost


jogging as her dream of becoming the Olympic champion has been taken


Keitany who knows about winning in London. Not able to do it here. In


the distance we can see the quicker. Just under 69. Just under


70 minutes for the second half of the race. Gelana are going in the


opposite direction as the Ukrainian, absolutely delighted with her


performance in 5th place. A top 10 finish as a conduit. Leading the


Chinese challenge at these Olympic Games. She will finish in 6th place.


Jessica Augusto will take 7th place. Shalane Flanagan has faded badly.


Augusta will be pretty pleased. You can see how delighted she is with


her performance. Brendan, I'm not sure many people would have tipped


Tiki Gelana. She had a fast time coming into this. I would not say


she was unknown, but in her first major championships to come and run


in such a way. She looked really relaxed for such a long time,


didn't she? The only strange that appeared on her face was in the


last 200 to 300 metres. We see the athletes still crossing the line.


but that was a great race. Goucher waving to the crowd. We can see the


champion, Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia. That is Goucher finishing. We think


Freya Murray is running well. We will give you the details of Murray


and Hallissey When we get the final result. Kenya wanted to win this


Olympic marathon title so badly, but once again they had to play


second fiddle to the dancing Ethiopians. The gold medal to Tiki


Gelana. A brilliant run from her. It was an Olympic record as well.


The silver to Jeptoo and the bronze STUDIO: Queen Victoria did not live


long enough to witness a London Olympics. I laugh at shot as the


runners turned into a run down the Mall. There's the Queen Victoria


memorial with her looking down. What a finish and congratulations


to Ethiopia. We will head back to Canada Gate and Tanni Grey-Thompson


is there. It is actually quite a deceptive shots... It is actually


quite a deceptive shot as you come down the Mall because you still


have several hundred metres of running today. The weather has


changed again. We have come back to rein. July and I came into this not


unknown, but possibly as a surprise. -- Gelana. She wasn't right up


there, but she's got incredible time to her name. She was


definitely going to be in contention. The way she looked so


relaxed in the final stages, and you could see into the strain on


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Kai tiny's face. Archipova did very One thing that did surprise me was


seeing Jeptoo, running across to get a water bottle, to hand it over.


In the final two kilometres of the race.


Even the Kenyan team probably thought that Mary Keitany was


favourite, then she had her team- mates around her, to help her.


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