Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Kenyan runners claim double victory at hottest London Marathon

From landmarks to toilets there are some brave runners in this year's London Marathon From landmarks to toilets there are some brave runners in this year's London Marathon
Allan Lindsey | 23 April, 2018, 21:57

His time was a new British record, beating Steve Jones's 1985 time of 2:07:13, but he was just over two minutes behind Kenyan victor Eliud Kipchoge.

"On the track it took me a few years to get it right", said Farah, at age 35 his time of 2:06:21 still well inside Steve Jones's 33-year-old British record of 2:07:13.

"These guys went for it, for the world record", said Farah after the race.

Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot on Sunday claimed the London Marathon title in brilliant fashion running the last 5km on her own for her very first victory at a World Major Marathon.

"It's so different to the track".

"I can say I enjoyed the race".

"I gave it 110%".

"Eliud Kipchoge's consistent dominance of the marathon, a grueling event where so many things can go wrong, is unparalleled. You get heavy legs, mentally you need to be strong and pace yourself".

"I'm just enjoying life to be honest and I think that's what's helping".

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Women's favourite Mary Keitany attempted to break Paula Radcliffe's "mixed race" record - assisted by male pacemakers - but the Kenyan struggled late on in the race, eventually finishing fifth and unable to add to her three London titles.

Farah kept pace with the leaders for much of the race but ended up two minutes and four seconds behind Kipchoge. So to break a British record and finish on the podium, is good for me. "I can't do any better than what I did", Farah said.

Vivian Cheruiyot made it a double for Kenya, setting a new personal best as she won the women's race in 2:18.31.

"At the beginning I felt a little bit nervous to be honest, it was a little bit hot and that's why I lifted my visor up to get some air and to cool down a bit, but I'm really happy this year".

Briton David Weir won the men's wheelchair race for an eighth time and Australia's Madison de Rozario took maiden honours in the women's wheelchair event.

In a carbon-copy of last year's sprint finish the 38-year-old pipped Switzerland's Marcel Hug into second place.

Keitany was expected to sweep to victory having recorded the fastest ever time for a female past year although she was unable to see off her fellow Kenyan.

Keitany was a colossal 32 seconds ahead of Radcliffe's 10-mile time, with Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba for company.

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