Extra Security in Place as London Marathon is Run

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LONDON (AP) - The mood in London has been both festive and defiant today, as some 36,000 runners turned out for the London Marathon despite security concerns raised by the Boston Marathon bombing six days ago.

Many of the runners wore black ribbons or armbands to honor the victims. There was a 30-second moment of silence before the start.

Police planned to add 40 percent more officers and extra surveillance as a precautionary measure.

The first major international marathon since the bomb attack in Boston was run under tighter security today.

Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede won for the second time, chasing down Emmanuel Mutai, and overtaking the Kenyan in the closing stages to cross the line first in front of Buckingham Palace.

The Monday bombing in Boston left three people dead and more than 180 injured, including many who are still hospitalized. In addition, a policeman was killed during the search for the two suspected bombers.


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