Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday won the London Marathon for the third time beating Ethiopia’s Tola Shura Kitata and home favourite Mo Farah in 2:04:27, finishing more than half a minute ahead of Kitata (2:05:00), with Mo Farah finishing third (2:06:32).
Eliud Kipchoge’s win put’s him alongside compatriots Martin Lel and Mexican Dionicio Ceron as the only men who have been able to win the London three times.
Despite Mo Farah finishing third he was bale to break Steve Jones’s British Marathon record which has stood since 1985.
Addressing the media shortly after winning the race Kipchoge expressed his joy saying that he ran a beautiful race just as he had planned.
“I came to London to run a beautiful race and today I ran a really beautiful race,” said Kipchoge.
In the women’s marathon Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot ensured a Kenyan double with her victory in the women’s marathon in a time of 2:18:31 ahead of compatriot Brigid Kosgei (2:20:13), and Ethiopia’s Tadelech Bekele (2:21:40).