Eliud Kipchoge wins in London as Mo Farah breaks British record

Eliud Kipchoge wins in London as Mo Farah breaks British record

Mo Farah said that volunteers at a drinking station taking photographs rather than helping him find his bottle could have damaged his hopes of success in the London Marathon yesterday.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, victor in 2015 and 2016, made it a hat-trick of victories in sweltering conditions in the capital with Ethiopia's Shura Kitata Tola second.

2016 Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge continued his domination of the distance and stormed to his third London Marathon victory running the first mile in a staggering four minutes and 22 seconds.

Both times he lost ground on... I can't do any better than what I did. "To be honest, the older I get, my endurance is getting better". I went to pick it up but it was the staff.

"I enjoyed the race very much", Kipchoge said.

"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".




Radcliffe's record, set in 2003, did seem under threat at first as Keitany comfortably led for the majority of the race but the conditions got the better of her in the end.

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

Farah become the fastest marathon runner in British history after breaking Steve Jones's record that stood for 33 years. I can't be unhappy with third, looking at the quality of that field you would never have put me there before the race.

Defending champion Mary Keitany went in search of Paula Radcliffe's world record of 2:15:25 but her early pace took its toll and she finished fifth in the women's race in 2:24:37, as fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot won in 2:18:31.

Keitany and Dibaba had been tipped to challenge Paula Radcliffe's world record but, after a ferocious start, both exhausted. 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. "I didn't go with the faster group because the faster group was quicker than I was at the start", Cheruiyot told the BBC. "I want to thank everyone out there for their support".

The thousands of sun-bathed British fans had already found plenty to cheer as David Weir outsprinted Marcel Hug to clinch an eighth wheelchair crown on his 19th appearance at the race, while Madison de Rozario claimed Australia's first women's wheelchair title as she snatched victory from four-time champion Tatyana McFadden.

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