Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon as Sir Mo Farah finishes third

Danny Woods
April 23, 2018

Farah, who overcame early problems with his drinks bottle, fell well behind Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:21 to break Steve Jones's British record achieved in 1985.

The British track great, who won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000m at the past two Olympic Games, admitted his second full marathon had taken its toll in a race where there was a world record pace at the halfway point.

The men's race went out at a blistering pace, with early leader Guye Adola clocking four minutes 22 seconds in the first mile, and Farah stayed with the group until a freaky incident when he missed his drinks bottle around the 10-mile mark, which delayed him after a heated exchange with a steward.

This year is expected to be the biggest marathon on record, with up to 55,000 professional and amateur runners trying to make it the finish line.

Farah was in a far better mood discussing his result, lightheartedly suggesting he could compete in the Athletics World Championships in Doha next year.

"I think it's mission accomplished, I wasn't thinking about time, I just wanted to fight and compete with these guys".

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For the first time more than 40,000 runners completed the Virgin Money London Marathon. 'I saw Mary and I got her and I thought: "‘yes, today I am going to be a victor of the London Marathon"'. I gave it all, 110 per cent as I normally do. "I can't do any better than what I did", he said.

Having shot into the lead, the 36-year-old Keitany looked to be on course to break that 15-year record, running 32 seconds quicker than Radcliffe's 10-mile time, but as the temperature rose above 20 degrees Celsius her pace tailed off, allowing Cheruiyot to steal in. "I want to thank everyone out there for their support". But, unlike 12 months ago when her sole pacemaker Caroline Chepkoech peeled off the course just beyond Tower Bridge, Keitany still had two pacemakers for assistance.

There was a home success with David Weir winning the men's wheelchair race for an eighth time after a sprint finish.

The 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place, with Daniel Romanchuk of the US third.

The 24-year-old Perth athlete finished in one hour 42 minutes 58 seconds on Sunday ahead of four-time champion Tatyana McFadden, with another American, Susannah Scaroni, third.

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