Eighteen thousand men and women from all over the world gathered at Blackheath in the UK capital on April 17 to take part in the third London Marathon.
1. GV Start of marathon in Blackheath, London (3 shots) 0.32
2. GV Competitors along route, led by NO. 25, Jim Dingwall of Scotland 0.44
3. GV Start of disabled race, 20 minutes later 0.55
4. GV Runners, led by No. 2 Oyvind Dahl of Norway 1.01
5. GV Runners crossing Tower Bridge 1.05
6. GV Winner running towards finishing line, and crossing it, after 2 hours 9 mins. and 44 seconds 1.14
7. GVs Second, No. 39, in 2:10:11 (2 shots) 1.23
8. GV No. 1 Women's winner Grete Waitz arriving at finishing line and crossing it. (2:25:29) (2 shots) 1.37
9. GV Competitor being carried away on strecher 1.44
10. GV No. 1093 showing signs exhaustion, trying to get to finishing line 1.56
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Background: LONDON, U.K.
Eighteen thousand men and women from all over the world gathered at Blackheath in the UK capital on April 17 to take part in the third London Marathon. Believed to be the largest marathon in history the competitors began the classic 26 mile (42-kilometer) course from two starting points on either side of the heath. Disabled participants, who had fought hard to be allowed to compete and caused controversy, started 20 minutes after the other competitors. Championship athletes set a fast pace from the beginning, among them Norwegian Oyvind Dahl, who took second place in last year's marathon. But Britain's Mike Gratton caught the early leaders, Emiel Puttemans of Belgium and three Ethiopians, after 24 kilometers, and broke clear with his compatriot Gerry Helme. Gratton then made a decisive sprint over the Tower of London cobbles after 37 kilometers and opened up a 60-meter gap which Helme could not close. The commonwealth Games bronze-medalist then strode to victory in 2.09.44. Helme finished second in 2.10.12 and Henrik Jorgensen of Denmark was third in 2.10.47. The first of the women athletes to finish the gruelling course was Grete Waitz of Norway who equalled the women's world record of 2.25.29. Waitz matched New Zealander Alison Roe's time set in the New York Marathon two years ago, The race did not end as happily for all competitors -- in many cases the mind was willing but the flesh weak.
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