He was followed by Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopia, who finished 10 seconds behind in second. Jaouad Gharib of Morocco, second at last year's Olympics, was third in 2:05:27.
According to the Associated Press:
"Defending champion Martin Lel withdrew Saturday after failing to recover from a hip injury, ending his bid to become the first man to win the London race four times."
On the women's side Irina Mikitenko of Germany won for a secod year in a row in a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 11 seconds.
The Associated Press reports that:
"Mara Yamauchi of Britain crossed the finish line at Buckingham Palace 61 seconds behind in a career-best performance. Liliya Shobukova of Russia was third in 2:24:24.
Olympic champion Constantina Dita of Romania pulled out after the halfway mark due to breathing difficulties after slipping off the pace."