Yehualaw becomes youngest woman to win London Marathon despite faceplant

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First she flew like superwoman. Then she ran like one. And, on the streets of London, a new star was born as the 23-year-old athlete Yalemzerf Yehualaw became the youngest woman to win the London Marathon.

What made Yehualaw’s victory more stunning was that she endured a spectacular faceplant on a sleeping policeman speed bump with six miles to go. It sent the Ethiopian sprawling, caused considerable soreness to her hip, hand and knee, and left her at least 25 metres behind the leading pack.

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Written by Sean Ingle at the Mall
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