Eliud Kipchoge wins London Marathon in second-fastest time as Brigid Kosgei completes Kenyan double

Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei completed a Kenyan double CREDIT: AP

Kipchoge and Kosgei’s victory saw Kenya maintain her glory in international marathons

Eliud Kipchoge secured a fourth London Marathon title in five years, setting a new course record as Sir Mo Farah could only finish fifth.

The Kenyan surged clear of Ethiopian duo Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun in the last two miles to claim another marathon crown in his first competitive outing since breaking the World Record in Berlin last year.

Farah was distanced early, failing to stay with a four-man leading group and finishing outside of the personal best he set in London last year. Kipchoge’s winning time of 2:02:37 is the second fastest in marathon history.

Brigid Kosgei had earlier impressively won the Elite Women’s Race to complete a Kenyan double, breaking defending champion and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot’s resolve with a series of attacks, eventually breaking free to become the youngest female champion finishing at 2:18:20.

Ethiopian Roza Dereje finished third in 2:20:51, with Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono emerging fourth.

Three-time champion Mary Keitany came in at fifth to have her hopes of clinching the title for the fourth time dented.

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