The race was in London, but the thoughts of many were with another city.
Thousands of runners who took part in the London Marathon on Sunday paid tribute to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon six days earlier. Participants paused for a moment of silence in the beginning, many wore black ribbons on their chests as a sign of solidarity, and two runners finished carrying a banner that read “For Boston.”
The mood was festive, defiant — and the surging crowds who turned out on the glorious spring day to line the route roared enthusiastically.
“It means that runners are stronger than bombers,” said Valerie Bloomfield, a 40-year-old participant from France. (Photos: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images, Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
In the first sporting event since the Boston Marathon bombings, Bruins fans showed their support for the victims with an emotional rendition of the national anthem.
“It was extremely emotional. I was definitely fighting back tears,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. “It’s something that we’ll never forget. For everyone to show their respect and obviously give their thoughts and prayers for everyone, it’s great that everyone is kind of coming together at this time and helping each other out.” (Photos: Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Jimmy Golen/The Associated Press)
This will go over well: Oscar Pistorius wants to start training again while on bail
While a representative for the Olympian says he has no immediate plans to return to the track while he is in “mourning,” it is something South Africa officials need to be aware of to track his movements while he waits for a trial in June.
Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day. Despite being charged with murderm the athlete claims it was an accident, saying he thought she was an intruder.
Steenkamp’s parents want him to come clean.
“It’s only Oscar, Reeva that know the true story,” Barry Steenkamp said on Sunday. “And all I want, whether it will help me or it won’t, he must just come out with the honest truth.”
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Oscar Pistorius wept uncontrollably in court as prosecutors claimed the Olympic athlete put on his artificial legs and walked across his bedroom before firing four shots through a locked toilet door, killing his cowering girlfriend in cold blood.
Reeva Steenkamp, a 30-year-old law graduate and model, died after being hit by three rounds from a 9-mm pistol, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.
In a dramatic affidavit read out by defence lawyer Barry Roux, Pistorius said he had been “deeply in love” with Steenkamp, whom he had been dating since November, and had no intention of killing her.
“I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” he said in the affadavit.
Nearly 1,000 km away, on South Africa’s windswept southern coast, scores of mourners gathered under cloudy skies in the city of Port Elizabeth for Steenkamp’s funeral.
Amid the grief, there was little sympathy for Pistorius, who at the time was weeping on a wooden bench in the spartan, brick-face courtroom in the capital. (Photo: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)