Ceron secures his triple crown
Monday 22 April 1996
The Mexican's victory, in 2hr 10min exactly, was as smoothly executed as his previous two in the capital. Having stayed well within the leading bunch of 10 men left after the pacemaker had taken them to the halfway mark just inside the target of 64 minutes, the world silver medallist chose his moment to strike and was never seriously challenged.
But for the two men in his wake, Vincent Rousseau of Belgium and Britain's Paul Evans, the morning provided its own particular satisfactions.
Rousseau, the only man to have run two sub-2:08 marathons, was pleased with his second place in 2:10:26, given that it had been achieved in the hot conditions he has generally made it his business to avoid.
With temperatures rising towards 80F, this was the hottest ever London Marathon, and Rousseau - who has a contract with his home federation stating that he is not obliged to run for his country in temperatures over 64F, was palpably not in his element. But he came through.
So too did Evans, who overcame the unexpected challenge of Kenya's 19- year-old Jackson Kabinga in the final mile to take third place in 2:10:40. He is now virtually certain to be offered the third British Olympic marathon place alongside the pre-selected Richard Nerurkar and Peter Whitehead - but he looks unlikely to take it up.
Evans has expressed grave doubts about running a marathon in the extreme heat and humidity of Atlanta. John Bicourt, his coach and agent, indicated that he was most likely to seek an Olympic run at 10,000 metres, the event in which he reached the 1992 Olympic final.
Bicourt estimated that Evans, a 35-year-old family man from Lowestoft, could lose up to pounds 100,000 income by choosing to run an Olympic marathon rather than one of the main commercial marathons in the autumn.
Whatever he decides, this run represented a triumph for the Belgrave Harrier as he finished ahead of such proven marathon runners as Domingos Castro of Portugal, Antonio Serrano of Spain - who fell heavily in the closing stages - and Mexico's German Silva, who beat him into second place in New York last November.
"After 24 miles, I thought I couldn't get past Kabiga," he said. "But he was as tired as I was. I thought, `I've got to get on to that podium'. If it had been a race between fourth and fifth places, maybe I wouldn't have done it."
Gary Staines, the pacemaker for the last two years, proved he is a bona fide marathon runner by finishing ninth in 2:12:54 in only his second attempt at the distance. But if Evans should turn down the Olympic place, Staines may not be inclined to take it up - as an asthmatic, running in the smog of Atlanta could be disastrous for him.
The next Briton, Mark Hudspith, was 18th, and Jon Solly and the 1993 London champion, Eamonn Martin, dropped out.
Latest in Sport
Nicolas Otamendi to Manchester United: Club 'agree to sign' £36m-rated centre-back
Paul Scholes on Raheem Sterling: Moving between Liverpool and Manchester United still an issue
Paul Scholes: I'm sticking my neck out - Hull to win and Newcastle to be relegated on final day
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
Gareth Bale 'wants to quit Real Madrid' and Manchester United are waiting with €120m offer
- 1 JK Rowling horrified by Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis's raunchy photoshoot
- 2 As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
- 3 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
- 4 Georgia Army veteran arrested for breaking window to save dog has charges dropped
- 5 New Zealand 'the best country to work as a prostitute', says sex worker advocacy group
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Labour leadership: Battle lines are drawn as members battle over party's ideology at first hustings of the contest
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Graduate UI Application Developer - ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: B2B Marketing Manager (Events, Digit...