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Athletics women marathon

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Weightman wails

London 2012 - Lisa Jane Weightman of Australia is emotional after finishing the women’s marathon in 17th place.
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Gelana takes the tape

London 2012 - Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana recovers from a mid-race tumble on rain slicked streets to pull ahead and win the women’s marathon in an Olympic record time of 2:23:07.
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Kenyans embrace

London 2012 - Wrapped in her national flag, marathon silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo turns to celebrate with her shorter teammate Mary Jepkosgei Keitany who finishes in fourth.
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Belarus bookends

London 2012 - Chung Yunhee of Korea finds herself between two runners from Belarus. Nastassia Staravoitava and Sviatlana Kouhan run together for the entire 42km/26mi and cross the finish line 33rd and 34th out of 107 eventual finishers.
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Race weather

London 2012 - London rain doesn’t deter women’s marathon spectators who raise umbrellas beside the Houses of Parliament to view the race.
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Running in the rain

London 2012 - A total of 118 women started the Olympics women’s marathon. Early in the race the group run mostly together.
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Passing the Palace

London 2012 - A wave of women’s marathoners pass Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster on the first lap of the longest running race in the Olympics.
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Olympic weightlifting?

London 2012 - With an 800mm telephoto lens which weighs 4.5kg/10lbs, a professional photographer can get up-close shots from blocks away. Lenses of this type can retail for over 13,000 dollars; 10,000 euros; or 8,300 pounds sterling.
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Mid-pack group

London 2012 - Small groups of runners form in the women’s marathon to pace each other to the finish.
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Lead group begins to form

London 2012 - Marathon running causes attrition and a lead group of women begins to form.
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Soggy but determined

London 2012 - Persistent rain moistens, but the athletes prefer the cool temperature for the women’s Olympic marathon.
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Palatial backdrop for women’s marathon

London 2012 - The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben provide a grand backdrop for the women’s marathon.
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Getting the shot rain or shine

London 2012 - Photographers are expected to record Olympic action whatever the weather. Here a photographer gets the shot and protects the equipment.
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