Keitany, Wanjiru get royal treatment for London Marathon feat
Victory for the Kenyan duo of Daniel Wanjiru and Mary Keitany at the London Marathon on Sunday came with something extra special.
The two had the rare opportunity for a photo shoot with none other than Prince Harry who is fourth in line in succeeding Queen Elizabeth II of England.
The picture that has since gone viral on social media captures the smiling prince standing in the middle of the two with his hands over their shoulders.
Keitany became the newest record holder of the women’s marathon after smashing the old mark, with an impressive time of 2hrs 17min 01sec.
Other Kenyans in the top ten bracket were Olympics 5,000m champion, Vivian Cheruiyot, (2:23:50), Helah Kiprop (2:25:39) and Florence Kiplagat (2:26:25) who finished fourth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Wanjiru, 24, time 2:05:48 to emerge victorious in the men’s category, beating Ethiopia’s great long distance runner Kenenisa Bekele (2:05:57) to second place with his compatriot Bedan Karoki (2:07:41) settling for third place on his marathon debut.
Two-time former world champion Abel Kirui, also of Kenya, was fourth in a time of 2:07:45.
Prince Harry, together with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a special appearance at the marathon that took place on Sunday.