After finding his feet in the marathon, he posted the second-fastest time ever - two hours, three minutes and three seconds - when winning Berlin last September, six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57, set on the same course in 2014.
Mary Keitany produced an extraordinary display of frontrunning to win her third London marathon title - and set the fastest "women only" time in history. "Around 35km, I was feeling better and increased the pace".
"I think 2:15 it might be impossible with a women's only".
Kenya's Bedan Karoki, who was making his marathon debut, settled in an impressive third place in 2:07:41 as former two times World marathon champion Abel Kirui came in fourth, four seconds behind Karoki.
Earlier, Britain's six time Paralympic champion David Weir took victory in the men's wheelchair race, beating his rival and last year's victor Marcel Hug in a sprint finish.
Last year's victor, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, will not be defending his title as he concentrates on trying to dip under two hours as part of Nike's "Breaking2" project.
"My body felt fit enough and I have trained well and I tried to push all the time". The record 40,000 runners were cheered on by over 800,000 spectators on the streets of London and were even given a Royal sendoff with Princes William and Harry sending them on their way.
"I want to say it was a great day for me".
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Paul Sycamore (above) will be running his 15th London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for a cancer charity.
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There was a British victor in the wheelchair race, with David Weir storming to his seventh victory in the event to end four years of frustration since his last success.
She told Press Association Sport: "My main focus is to qualify for the World Championships".
Last year's men's and women's champions were missing from this year's race for different reasons. The 43-year-old never looked comfortable and dropped out with 16 miles after suffering cramps - only the second time she has done so.
The Hitchin woman is raising money for the Miscarriage Association and said: "A miscarriage is one of the loneliest forms of grief".
The shock of seeing Bekele gaining on him appeared to refocus Wanjiru and he extended his lead late on, consoling Bekele with a warm cuddle when the latter crossed the line. She finished in 2:17:56 for second place and set a new Ethiopian national record while also becoming just the third woman to break 2:18.
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