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Paralysed Claire Lomas completes London Marathon

It was only after 23 miles and 384 yards that the tears finally came. For more than a fortnight Claire Lomas had done a remarkable job of keeping it together, singularly focused on her goal of reaching the finishing line of the London marathon. But as she took her final step this afternoon, backed by the cheers of hundreds of supporters and a remarkable piece of engineering, there seemed little need to hold her emotions back any longer.

Claire Hallissey and Freya Murray celebrate finishing the London Marathon inside Jo Pavey’s time

Pavey could be overtaken in race for final Olympic marathon slot

Hallissey's heroics in London give GB selectors a headache as Kenyans dominate podium places

Runners enjoy the perfect conditions at the start of the Virgin London Marathon this morning

Celebrities, fun runners and top athletes take on London Marathon challenge

Tens of thousands of fun runners and amateur athletes set off in bright sunshine as the 32nd London Marathon got under way today.

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Novak Djokovic beats Murray at the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida

Andy Murray blames service return for Miami Masters defeat to Novak Djokovic

Andy Murray blamed a misfiring return of serve after he suffered final heartbreak at the hands of Novak Djokovic, losing in straight sets at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami yesterday.

Thai couples face off in Valentine's Day kissing marathon

Lips locked at all times - including for bathroom breaks and meals - is the less than romantic challenge facing Thai couples trying for the kiss to blow away all kisses at a Valentine's Day marathon.

David Nalbandian was furious in defeat

David Nalbandian fined for throwing water at Australian Open staff

Argentina's David Nalbandian was fined $8,000 for throwing water at an Australian Open staff member following his controversial second round loss to John Isner on Wednesday.

Video: Eddie Kidd finishes marathon

Former stuntman Eddie Kidd has completed the London marathon after nearly two months.

Radcliffe suffers new injury setback as Pavey prevails on 2012 course

The veteran warrior of the women's marathon was back in action on the streets of London yesterday. For the wounded Paula Radcliffe, it proved to be a losing battle. In the city where she forged her reputation as the finest female marathon runner of all time, making a winning debut in 2002 and clocking a stunning world record in 2003, the 37-year-old Briton was beaten not just by two domestic rivals but also by the latest injury blow to have struck her on the road to an Olympic marathon.

Radcliffe plans to miss World Championships

Paula Radcliffe hits the comeback trail on the streets of London today but the marathon world record holder is unlikely to be back in a Great Britain vest at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August.

Sammy Wanjiru: Olympic champion tipped by many to be the greatest marathon runner ever seen

So great was his talent, so stunning was his Olympic marathon victory in Beijing less than three years ago, that since his death Sammy Wanjiru has been described as the greatest distance runner we have yet seen, and he has also been compared to figures from classical mythology.

Kenya marathon star Wanjiru dies

Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru died in a fall from a balcony after a domestic dispute involving his wife and another woman, police said today.

Buster Martin: Man who claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101

Buster Martin, who died on 12 April, claimed to be the oldest-ever marathon runner at the age of 101. He ran the 2008 London Marathon in just under 10 hours, raising £20,000 for charity, and expected to be recognised as the oldest person to complete the distance, but was refused the accolade because he was unable to verify his age, amid suggestions that he could have been as "young" as 94.

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