Athletics Stats: African runners who have won the women’s elite race in London Marathon

Annually, London hosts the esteemed London Marathon, making it the UK’s second-largest road race, following the Great North Run. The concept for this prestigious event, which commenced in 1981, was introduced by Olympic steeplechase medalists Chris Brasher and John Disley. They drew inspiration from the New York City Marathon and aimed to showcase the best of London through their marathon. The race quickly gained popularity, with over 22,000 participants applying for the first-ever event, and it has since become a celebrated competition in the world of sports.

The inaugural London Marathon saw 6,255 runners complete the race, with Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen finishing hand-in-hand. In 1982, the event introduced male and female wheelchair races, with Gordon Perry and Denise Smith emerging as the first winners in their respective categories. The London Marathon has witnessed the shattering of six world records, including marks for men and women in mixed categories and women-only competitions.

Who presently holds the course record in the marathon?

Over the years, the London Marathon has experienced some spectacular performances, leading to the setting of numerous course records. The male course record belongs to Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who finished the marathon in an amazing 2:02:37 in 2019. The women’s course record is still held by Paula Radcliffe of the United Kingdom, who finished at 2:15:25 back in 2005. In 2022, Marcel Hug of Switzerland established the men’s wheelchair race course record with a time of 1:26:27, while Manuela Schär, another Swiss athlete, smashed the women’s wheelchair course record with a timing of 1:39:52.

Read More-Athletics Stats: African runners who have won the men’s race in London Marathon

African runners who have won the women’s elite race in the London Marathon

Joyce Chepchumba from Africa is the first female athlete from an African country to win the London Marathon in the year 1997. The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games bronze medalist, accomplished the feat with a timing of 2:26:51. She replicated her achievement by winning the London Marathon once again in 1999. It was Mary Jepkosgei Keitany of Kenya who won back-to-back titles at the London Marathon in 2011 and 2012 with timings of 2:19:19 and 2:18:37, respectively. She won the event again in 2017 to make it three victories for her, with an even better time of 2:17:01.

The London Marathon 2023 is all set to feature one of the greatest fields in marathon running. The current marathon world-record holder and two-time champion, Brigid Kosgei, the 2020 Olympic Champion in the marathon, Peres Jepchirchir, and the current Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m gold medalist Sifan Hassan are a few of the superstars who will be eyeing for the marathon title. With less than 48 hours remaining for the London Marathon 2023, the stage is set for another Kenyan athlete to showcase her dominance. So, let’s take a look at the African runners who have previously won the women’s elite race in the London Marathon.

1997Joyce ChepchumbaKenya2:26:51
1999Joyce ChepchumbaKenya2:23:22
2000Tegla LoroupeKenya2:24:33
2001Derartu TuluEthiopia2:23:57
2004Margaret OkayoKenya2:22:35
2010Aselefech MergiaEthiopia2:22:38
2011Mary Jepkosgei KeitanyKenya2:19:19
2012Mary Jepkosgei KeitanyKenya2:18:37
2013Priscah JeptooKenya2:20:15
2014Edna KiplagatKenya2:20:21
2015Tigist TufaEthiopia2:23:21
2016Jemima SumgongKenya2:22:58
2017Mary Jepkosgei KeitanyKenya2:17:01
2018Vivian CheruiyotKenya2:18:31
2019Brigid KosgeiKenya2:18:20
2020Brigid KosgeiKenya2:18:58
2021Joyciline JepkosgeiKenya2:17:43
2022Yalemzerf YehualawEthiopia2:17:26

More Athletics stats-
1) Eliud Kipchoge: What are his best times in marathon running?
2) Athletics Stats: African runners who have won the men’s race in Boston Marathon
3) Athletes who are record-holders in the six World Marathon Majors
4) Athletics: List of athletes who hold the world records in various Olympic disciplines