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London Marathon: Kipchoge wins title for record fourth time

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the men’s elite race and setting a new course record at the London Marathon on April 28, 2019.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the men’s elite race and setting a new course record at the London Marathon on April 28, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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Geremew finished 18 seconds behind, and Wasihun a further 21 seconds back.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran the second-fastest time ever to win the London Marathon for a record fourth time on Sunday, and compatriot Brigid Kosgei swept to victory by almost two minutes in the women’s race.

The 34-year-old Kipchoge pulled clear of Ethiopian runners Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun in the final 10 minutes to complete the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 37 seconds on a blustery day in the British capital.

Only Kipchoge has run a marathon quicker than that, when breaking the world record in Berlin in September in a time of 2.01.39. With more twists and turns, London is typically a slower course than Berlin making Kipchoge’s display even more exceptional.

“I’m happy to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make history on a day that the event has raised 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion),” said Kipchoge, who won in London in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Geremew finished 18 seconds behind, and Wasihun a further 21 seconds back. Nobody has run quicker to finish a marathon in second or third place.

Kosgei bettered her second-place finish in last year’s race by winning in 2.18:20 for her second victory in the World Marathon Majors, after Chicago last year. She ran the quickest-ever second half of a women’s marathon.

Compatriot and defending champion Vivian Cheruiyot finished in a time of 2-20-14 and Roza Dereje of Ethiopia was third, 37 seconds further back.

Dan Romanchuk, a 20-year-old American, won the men’s wheelchair race ahead of Switzerland’s Marcel Hug. The women’s wheelchair race was won comfortably by Switzerland’s Manuela Schar, the 2017 champion.

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