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  Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 07:02 GMT 08:02 UK
Africans celebrates London double
Runners pour across the start line at Blackheath
Runners pour across the start line at Blackheath
Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu and Abdelkader El Mouaziz of Morocco completed an African double as they triumphed in the elite races at the 21st London Marathon.

Some 30,000 people embarked on the gruelling 26-mile run around the streets of the capital.

  London Marathon facts
More than 30,000 runners
Oldest woman competitor: Jenny Wood Allen, 89, of Dundee
Oldest man: Abraham Weintraub, 91, of the USA
Youngest competitor: James Bream, 18, of Stafford
Married en route: Angela Stratford and Nigel Jones, from south Wales
Four hours after the start, almost 10,000 competitors had crossed the finish line.

Half-a-million spectators lined the course to cheer on the competitors, while millions more watched on TV.

Tulu, the OIympic 10,000m champion, saw off a world-class field to win a close-fought women's race in two hours, 23 minutes and 55 seconds.

And El Mouaziz, the 1999 winner, romped home in the men's event in a personal best time of 2:07:09.

The first British athlete across the line was Mark Steinlie, who finished an impressive sixth.

A runner in fancy dress raising money for The Childrens Hospice in Wales
Fancy that: The marathon is a massive fund-raiser for charity
Britain's Paralympic heroine Tanni Grey-Thompson won the women's wheelchair event for the fifth time - to the delight of the crowd on The Mall.

And Frenchman Denis Lemeunir was the first man across the line in the men's wheelchair discipline - despite being a late entrant in the event.

The main race was started by Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave in Blackheath at 09:30 BST.

Charity spectacular

London's elite race is considered one of the most prestigious marathons in the world.

But for many thousands of "fun runners" the event is all about raising valuable funds for charity and is more of a personal challenge than a race.

Much of the focus this year has been on one of the celebrity fund-raisers, Redgrave, who is running his first marathon.

Denis Lemeunir
Denis Lemeunir crosses the line first in the wheelchair event
The five-time rowing gold medallist led the way - wearing the number one vest that is normally reserved for the defending champion.

Half-way through his marathon, Redgrave - who was running with his wife Anne - admitted the encouragement from well-wishers was helping him towards the finish line.

"This is the biggest lap of honour I've done in my life," he quipped. "The reaction from the spectators has been unbelievable - it's a very special day."

Among the other celebrity runners were former world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno and BBC Sport presenter Steve Rider.

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Men's Marathon
Watch Morocco's Abdelkader Mouaziz win the men's race
Women's Marathon
Watch Ethiopia's Derartu Tulu win the women's race
Women's wheelchair race
Watch Tanni Grey-Thompson win the women's wheelchair race
Men's Marathon
Watch Britain's first finisher Mark Steinle

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