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Prince Harry mingled with the crowds and said he had never thought about canceling his visit following the bombings.
"It’s fantastic, typically British," he said. "People are saying they haven’t seen crowds like this for eight years around the route. It’s remarkable to see."
Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the route and showed they would not be cowered.
"I was surprised to see so many people there," said Mutai, who blamed hip and thigh problems for losing his lead near the end. "But I think what gave the people guarantees is, after what happened in Boston, the people came out to say in terms of security everything is fully covered."
Police manpower was increased by 40 percent to provide a security operation that, while noticeable, was not intrusive along the 26.2-mile course.
Several of those competing in the wheelchair race had raced in Boston last Monday. It seemed fitting that American Tatyana McFadden, who won the women’s wheelchair race in Boston, marked her 24th birthday with a second title in a week on Sunday.
"There was never a doubt that I was not going to run," she said. "And I was going to run for the people back in Boston — the people who lost loved ones or who are newly injured."
In the women’s marathon, Jeptoo was a runaway winner ahead of compatriot Edna Kiplagat and Japan’s Yukiko Akaba.
"I was surprised so many people on the way cheering us," Jeptoo said after clocking the fastest time this year. "And that shows there was no fear for those people."
The only blot on a day marked by the defiance of athletes was the dispute that broke out during the women’s race.
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