Practica tu listening con esta nueva entrega del programa de radio Avance Deportivo in English, en el que te hablamos del Maratón de Londres.
Hello, I’m Joshua, I’m an English teacher at NEP English school and this is Avance deportivo in English. More than just one of the top five World Marathon Majors, the Virgin London Marathon is a sporting festival that attracts professional athletes, enthusiastic joggers and costume-wearing charity fundraisers.
The men’s marathon race was billed as an athletics prizefight between the two greatest marathon runners in history. In one corner stood Dennis Kimetto, the world record holder and in the other was Wilson Kipsang, the reigning London marathon champion. But a third Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, provided a thrilling upset by proving stronger than both of his highly touted rivals, He won the race in 2hr 4min 42sec. Favourites Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto finish second and third .
The 30-year-old Kipchoge also won gold in the 5,000m at the world championship as an 18-year-old and also took Olympic bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. Kipchoge had won three of his four previous marathons, including Chicago and Rotterdam last year. But this victory against the three fastest marathon runners of all time, was on a different plane. “This was like a major championship,” he said. “It was like an Olympic Games. I was a little bit scared at my competition but I was very confident by the time we got to 40km.”
After the race Kipchoge, Kipsang and Kimetto all said that they would like to run in the world championships in Beijing in August.
Before the women’s race there was talk of a possible challenge on Paula Radcliffe’s women’s world record of 2:17:42m, set in 2005. However that wasn’t the case. And the anticipated “Fantastic Four” race between the leading Kenyan challengers fizzled out and Tigist Tufa provided Ethiopia with a shock victory in 2:23:22.
The 27-year-old Tufa made her marathon debut in a modest 2:41.50 in Houston four years ago but she has been steadily improving since. Last year she showed her talent by winning the Shanghai marathon in 2:21.50 but few expected her to be a serious contender here. But from 35km to 40km she put in an impressive surge to leave her rivals behind.
The pre-race favourite Mary Keitany, the second fastest women in history behind Radcliffe, did her best to respond but she never looked like bridging the gap before settling for second.
Meanwhile in the men’s wheelchair race, David Weir, going for a record seventh London victory, was pipped on the line by the American Joshua George. Weir, whose great rival Marcel Hug had to withdraw having punctured just before halfway, appeared to have the advantage on the final straight but lost out by a second.
Tatyana McFadden made it a double for America in the women’s race, breaking her course record by almost four minutes.
Now I’m going to explain some vocabulary:
– Fundraisers: Fundraiser is someone who raises money for charity or a cause. Many people who run in the london marathon choose a particular charity and are sponsored by their friends and family to raise money.
– Fizzled out: Fizzled out is a phrase that means that something has ended or failed slowly.
That’s all for this week, join me next week for another Avance Deportivo in English. Goodbye.