Martin Lel

Martin Lel

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Martin Kiptolo Lel (born 29 October 1978 in Kapsabet) is a Kenyan long distance and marathon runner. He won the London Marathon in 2005, 2007, and 2008, the New York City Marathon in 2003 and 2007 and the Great North Run in 2007 and 2009. His personal best time, , is 2:05:15, which he ran in the 2008 London Marathon setting a course record. Lel is coached by Gabriele Rosa and lives in the Rift Valley region of Kenya.

Lel ran his first marathons in 2002: he failed to finish at the Prague Marathon, but in his first finish he managed to claim second in the Venice Marathon. He won Lisbon Half Marathon in 2003, 2006 and 2009, was the gold medalist at the 2003 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, and won the Portugal Half Marathon in 2005. He made his Olympic debut for Kenya at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and came fifth in the marathon.

He beat Samuel Wanjiru to win the inaugural edition of the Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon in 2010.Cruz, Dan (2010-03-01). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-02. In August 2010 he ran at the Falmouth Road Race and took third place.. IAAF (2010-08-16). Retrieved on 2010-08-16. After almost 3 years without running a marathon, he participated in the 2011 London Marathon as a...
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