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18 of the best pics from today's London marathon

Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede won the men’s race, while Priscah Jeptoo triumphed in the women’s event.

ETHIOPIA’S TSEGAYE KEBEDE and Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya triumphed at a sombre London Marathon on Sunday, as runners paid tribute to the victims of the deadly bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon.

Kebede hunted down 2011 champion Emmanuel Mutai to win the men’s race, while Jeptoo surged to victory in the women’s event, eight months on from her second-place finish at the London Olympics.

The men’s and mass start races were preceded by a 30-second silence in memory of the three people killed and around 180 injured in Monday’s bombings in Boston, while competitors donned black ribbons in tribute.

British police officers gather at the start at Blackheath during the London Marathon (Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images)

Volunteers in bright yellow get ready prior to the London Marathon (Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images)

Mai Ito of Japan, left, Yoko Shibui of Japan, fourth left, and Remi Nakazato of Japan, right, start the elite women race (Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images).

The elite women’s marathon runners start their race during the London Marathon (Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images).

Runners arrive for the London Marathon (Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images)

Britain’s Mo Farah, centre, prepares to start the elite men race during the London Marathon (Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images).

A girl poses for a snapshot with a British police officer during the London Marathon (Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images).

Lulu a member of a British police explosive dog search team patrols with her handler during the London Marathon (Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images).

Fun runners dressed as a camel and a dog, set off at the start of this year’s Virgin London Marathon (Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images).

Katherine Jenkins, centre, at the Green Start Line of this year’s Virgin London Marathon (Joel Ryan/AP/Press Association Images).

Great Britain’s Mo Farah (left) at the start of the Virgin London Marathon in London (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Great Britain’s paralympic gold medalist Richard Whitehead during the Virgin London Marathon (Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Da Costa of Brazil waves at the crowds during the Virgin London Marathon (Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Great Britain’s Mo Farah (left) at the start of the Virgin London Marathon (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

USA’s Tatyana McFadden winner of the Women’s Elite Wheelchair race during the Virgin London Marathon (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo crosses the finish line as she wins the Women’s Elite race during the Virgin London Marathon (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo (centre) winner of the Women’s Elite race, poses with second placed Kenya’s Edna Kipligat and third placed Japan’s Yukiba Akaba (left) – Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Spectators watch as runners cross Tower Bridge during the Virgin London Marathon (Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

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