The men’s race
World champion wins
The finest field so far assembled for the 1989 post-Olympic race, now sponsored by ADT. 5 of the top 8 from the Seoul Olympics were on the start line but it was the enigmatic Kenyan Douglas Wakiihuri, the world champion, who took the title. The only time he led the race was on Westminster Bridge when he sprinted away from Steve Moneghetti of Australia and Ahmed Salah of Djibouti. The 3 had been together since the Embankment and while Moneghetti and Salah had done their best to drop the Kenyan, their efforts were to no avail. Wakiihuri, who lived and trained in Japan, won in 2:09:03.
In the best of company, the top British performance came from Tony Milovsorov who ran a personal best of 2:09:54 in 6th.
The women’s race
Marot makes her lasting mark
At last Britain did have another winner though as Veronique Marot timed her race to perfection to overhaul Aurora Cunha of Portugal, who had set off far too quickly. She recorded a UK record and claimed the biggest win of her career with 2:25:56. At the age of 33, 8 years after finishing that first London Marathon in 9th place, Marot was a champion. Her record stood until 2002 when Paula Radcliffe celebrated her debut with a sensational women only world record of 2:18:56.
The wheelchair race
Holding on for victory
At 20, David Holding may have been the youngest starter in the wheelchair race, but inexperience was no barrier as the young Englishman defeated the defending champion Ted Vince and previous victor Chris Hallam.
Josie Cichokyj moved from runner-up to winner of the women’s race in 3:03:54, defeating reigning champion Karen Davidson who failed to finish.