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In just 23 years, the London Marathon has become the world's number one road running event and has attracted some of the biggest names in the sport.

From the first race on 29 March 1981 when Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen stepped over the finish line hand-in-hand, it was clear it would always be a very special race.

There have been 47 winners in the men and women's races in total more than 540,000 runners have completed the gruelling ordeal since it began.

Here are the current champions, record holders and all the past winners over the last 23 years.


CURRENT CHAMPIONS 2003

  • Men: Gezahegne Abera (ETH) - 2:07:56
  • Women: Paula Radcliffe (GBR) - 2:15:25

    COURSE RECORDS

  • Men: 2002 Khalid Khannouchi (US) - 2:05:38
  • Women: 2003 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) - 2:15:25
  • Women: 1985 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) - 2:21:06 (mixed race)*

    WORLD RECORDS

  • Men: 2002 Khalid Khannouchi (US) - 2:05:38 London
  • Women: 2003 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) - 2:15:25 London
  • Women: 2002 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) - 2:17:18 Chicago (mixed race)*


    PAST CHAMPIONS

    LONDON MARATHON WINNERS
    Year Men Time Women Time
    1981 D Beardsley (US)
    I Simonsen (NO)
    2:11:48
    2:11:48
    Joyce Smith (GBR) 2:29:57*
    1982 Hugh Jones (GBR) 2:09:24 Joyce Smith (GBR) 2:29:43*
    1983 Mike Gratton (GBR) 2:09:43 Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:25:29*
    1984 Charlie Spedding (GBR) 2:09:57 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:24:26
    1985 Steve Jones (GBR) 2:08:16 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:21:06*
    1986 Toshihiko Seko (JPN) 2:10:02 Grete Waitz (NOR) 2:24:54*
    1987 Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) 2:09:50 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:22:48*
    1988 Henrik Jorgensen (DEN) 2:10:20 Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR) 2:25:41*
    1989 Douglas Wakiihuri (KEN) 2:09:03 Veronique Marot (GBR) 2:26:56*
    1990 Allister Hutton (GBR) 2:10:10 Wanda Panfil (POL) 2:26:31*
    1991 Yakov Tolstikov (EUN) 2:09:17 Rosa Mota (POR) 2:26:14
    1992 Antonio Pinto (POR) 2:10:02 Katrin Dorre (GER) 2:29:39
    1993 Eamonn Martin (GBR) 2:10:50 Katrin Dorre (GER) 2:27:09
    1994 Dionicio Ceron (MEX) 2:08:53 Katrin Dorre (GER) 2:32:34
    1995 Dionicio Ceron (MEX) 2:08:30 Malgorzata Sobanska (POL) 2:27:43
    1996 Dionicio Ceron (MEX) 2:10:00 Liz McColgan (GBR) 2:27:54
    1997 Antonio Pinto (POR) 2:07:55 Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 2:26:51
    1998 Abel Anton (ESP) 2:07:57 Catherina McKiernan (IRL) 2:26:26
    1999 Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR) 2:07:57 Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 2:23:22
    2000 Antonio Pinto (POR) 2:06:36 Tegla Loroupe (KEN) 2:24:33
    2001 Abdelkader El Mouaziz (MAR) 2:07:11 Derartu Tulu (ETH) 2:23:57
    2002 Khalid Khannouchi (US) 2:05:38 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:18:56
    2003 Gezahegne Abera (ETH) 2:07:56 Paula Radcliffe (GBR) 2:15:25

    *Refers to times set by women in mixed races





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