Dixon faces anxious wait

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ONLY one British woman managed to beat Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon’s Brighton Marathon time in yesterday’s London Marathon.

Places for the World Marathon Championships in Moscow in August were up for grabs, with the qualifying time of 2hr 31min the target in the capital.

Scottish runner Susan Partridge shattered her PB with 2.30.46 to finish well inside her previous fastest of 2.34.13.

The 33-year-old went through halfway in 73.52 as she went on to smash her previous best of 2.34.13, by more than three minutes to finish ninth.

This means that Partridge is one of only four runners to have achieved the qualifying time, with the others setting their marks last year.

British Athletics selectors will sit down today to select the team and a squad of up to five can be chosen.

Dixon, whose chip timing at Brighton has now been given as 2.31.08, will be waiting anxiously to see if she has done enough to get the nod after smashing her PB at Brighton by 3min 42sec.

Durham City Harriers provided the first runners home from the North East at London, with James Askew 54th in 2.33.54 and Dan Jenkin 57th (2.34.21).

Over-45 Jon Dobson (right)was the first Sunderland runner home, clocking 2.49.13. His Harrier clubmate Sean Smith recorded 3.07.26 and Kathryn Watt who lines up in the Marathon of the North from Stadium of Light on Sunday, finished in 4.11.06.

The Strollers were led home by Simon Mowbray in 3.03.42, then came Gerry Richard 3.12.41, Adan Khan 3.19.13, Racel Ball 3.27.03, Vanessa Hogan 3.34.21, Lynne Valentine 3.36.02, Vicki Booth 3.41.34 and Grace Morris 3.43.21.

In the elite fields, Tsegaye Kebede delivered a message to the Ethiopian Olympic selectors who overlooked him for London 2012 by timing his finish to perfection to win the men’s race.

The 26-year-old ensured a dramatic conclusion to a race Emmanuel Mutai looked to have wrapped up by coming from almost a minute behind to overhaul the Kenyan in the last quarter-mile.

He was adrift in fifth place at the 35kilometres mark, his chances of success seemingly fading fast, but his strength at the end proved decisive as he came home in two hours, six minutes and four seconds.

The tiring Mutai, who hit the front between 36 and 37km, hung on for second place, 29 seconds back, with Kebede’s fellow Ethiopian Ayele Abshero third.

Derek Hawkins was the first Briton home in 13th place, with Olympian Scott Overall dropping out just after half-way.

In the women’s race, Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo went one better than her London 2012 silver with victory.

The 28-year-old clocked 2:20.15 to win comfortably ahead of her fellow countrywoman Edna Kiplagat.