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Kebede wins London Marathon amid tight security

April 21, 2013 • World News


CORRECTS KEBEDE’S COUNTRY TO ETHIOPIA Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia crosses the line to win the men’s London Marathon in the Mall, in London, Sunday, April 21, 2013. A defiant, festive mood prevailed Sunday as the London Marathon began on a glorious spring day despite concerns raised by the bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon six days ago, as thousands of runners offered tributes to those killed and injured in Boston, with a moment of silence before the race, and many wore black ribbons as a sign of solidarity.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON (AP) — They crossed the line in front of Buckingham Palace with black ribbons on their chests and the Boston Marathon victims on their minds.

Six days after bombs exploded near the Boston finish line, the London Marathon sent out a powerful message of solidarity with the U.S. city and its victims Sunday and put the spotlight back on the sport and away from terrorist fears.

The men’s race began with a poignant 30-second period of silence to remember Boston’s dead and injured and ended with a thrilling finish.

Under clear blue skies, Tsegaye Kebede chased down Emmanuel Mutai in the closing stages and overtook the tiring Kenyan to Login to read more

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