Kipchoge strides to fourth London Marathon title, as Farah struggles

29Apr 2019
The Guardian
Kipchoge strides to fourth London Marathon title, as Farah struggles

IMPERIOUS Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge led from start to finish to clinch his fourth London Marathon crown on Sunday, with Britain’s Mo Farah unable to challenge the leaders down in fifth.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the men's elite race of the London Marathon in London, Britain yesterday. REUTERS

Kipchoge — who smashed the world record by over a minute when winning the Berlin Marathon last year with a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds — strode clear of the field to win with the second fastest ever marathon time of 2:02:37.

Having ran the first kilometre at world record pace out in front, Kipchoge (pictured) clocked an identical 10km time as he did when breaking the world record in Berlin, before coming through the halfway point at 01:01:37.

Ethiopian duo Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun kept up with Kipchoge, but the Kenyan pulled clear in the last two miles, winning with a course-record time, ahead of Geremew and Wasihun.

Farah, multi-Olympic, world and European champion over 10,000 and 5,000 metres, finished fifth, with a time outside his personal best.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei improved on last year’s second place to win her first London Marathon title on Sunday, finishing ahead of reigning champion Vivian Cheruiyot, with fellow Kenyan and three-times winner Mary Keitany down in fifth.

Chicago Marathon champion Kosgei opened up a commanding lead over pre-race favourites Keitany and Cheruiyot and impressively pulled away from the star-studded field to win in a personal best time of two hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds — — over a second ahead of Cheruiyot in second and Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje in third.

The race got off to a slow start with the field going for the women’s only world record, without the aid of male pacemakers.

The pace at the 15-km mark was exactly four minutes down on that set by Keitany when she broke the women’s only world record in the 2017 London Marathon.

Yet it started to pick up as Cheruiyot ran a 5:08 15th mile out in front. REUTERS