Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Kipchoge clocks third London Marathon win

Kipchoge clocks third London Marathon win

Women's running pioneer Kathrine Switzer completed her first London Marathon in 4:44:49 at the tender age of 71, while the oldest runner of all, Samuel Starbrook, was some way back in 8:21:44.

He overcame early setbacks that put him way behind leader Kipchoge but still registered a time of 2:06:32 to break Steve Jones's British record achieved in 1985.

"Eliud makes it look so easy". And it was a great field today.

Farah smashed the British record by over 50 seconds with a confirmed time of 2.06.21 on his way to third place in the capital.

"I really enjoyed today, I gave 110% like I always do. Even the last 10km when I was bolloxed".

Dibaba was second to Keitany past year but the Chicago Marathon victor, who was contesting the fourth marathon of her career, began to lose touch with Keitany - and the three pacemakers - in the ninth mile, the result of a preceding eighth mile of 4:57.

However, Kipchoge was a convincing victor, clocking 2:04.27 as he mastered both the field and the hot conditions to triumph for a third time.

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates winning the elite women's race of the 2018 London Marathon on April 22, 2018. Mentally you've just got to be strong, take your drink and just pace yourself.

As the race, started via a big red button from The Queen in Windsor, headed into its second half around Canary Wharf, Farah moved alongside Kipchoge and Kitata.

"I'm satisfied with the result".

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"The older I get, my endurance is getting better". I fought as much as I could. You have to go with it or hang back.

The 35-year-old Farah added: 'I am knackered, the guys just went for it, at world record pace. It was do or die.

"I've beaten some good runners".

"After 30K, I was definitely feeling it; the pace slowed down a bit and I was exhausted but I managed to hang in there and come away with third".

It was the hottest London Marathon since 1981, when it was first held, with temperatures at 23.2 degrees Celsius (73.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

The London Marathon confirmed the drinks were in the right order and Farah said: "The drink station was confusing. They were helpful towards the end but at the beginning someone was trying to take a picture". "So I was telling the people 'can you please just tell us which one is our drink because it's exactly the same bottle".

Farah was two minutes and four seconds behind victor Eliud Kipchoge with the four-time Olympic champion runing in his first marathon since retiring from the track.

The London heat was thought to be a major factor in denying Kipchoge a new world record.

Weir's fellow British athletes JohnBoy Smith and Simon Lawson were 11th and 13th after their silver and bronze medal wins on the Gold Coast.

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