Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won Sunday his third London marathon in four years (2:04:17), beating Ethiopian Tola Shura Kitata and British track and field star Mo Farah.
In the streets of London, Kipchoge, still trying to break the world record, led the race with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, winner in the British capital in 2017.
The riders maintained a world record pace until mid-way, before slowing down, leaving Kipchoge, winner in 2015 and 2016, to lead the train and then escape.
Mo Farah positioned himself at the back of the lead group, waiting, and managed to keep up the pace for only his second London Marathon.
The four-time Olympic champion in 5000 and 10,000m, aiming for the 2020-marathon, finished on the podium and broke the British record (2h06: 21). He was able to measure the experience he has left to make, making some small mistakes, not finding, for example, his bottle during two refuelings.
“I’m cooked,” said the 35-year-old athlete. “The guys went dark, they were on the basis of the world record, so we had to stand or give up. I held and I hung as much as I could.”
After a scramble on the results, the first three having initially been added ten or eleven seconds, the organizers ended up explaining … more than an hour and a half after the arrival. The podium times had been the subject of a “copy-copying error”!
On the women’s side, Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, the reigning Olympic champion in the 5000m, won the event in 2:18:31, succeeding in the marathon after her first event in London in 2017.
His compatriot Mary Keitany, favorite, lost ground and finished only 5th, far behind (2:24:27), while she was aiming for the world record and a fourth victory in London Marathon.