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Kipchoge wins London Marathon, Farah is third

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Oscar Goodwin | 23 April, 2018, 21:59

Sir Mo Farah came third in yesterday's London marathon, finishing in 2:06:21 as the temperature in St James's Park reached 23.5C, the hottest ever for a marathon day.

Kipchoge was the victor in 2015 and 2016, and the 33-year-old made it a hat-trick of victories in the scorching hot 2018 race, finishing in 2:04:16.

"The guys just went for it, at world record pace. I enjoyed the race very much", said the 33 year-old.

"It's so different to being on the track, it's different pain and different training but I've enjoyed it". I gave it all, 110 per cent as I normally do. "You get heavy legs, mentally you need to be strong and pace yourself".

For Farah the pace began to takes its toll as early as 17 miles, even before hitting the proverbial wall: just before halfway he also ran into trouble, failing to collect the correct bottle at the drinks station, and with that dropped some 20 metres on the leaders. I went to pick it up but it was the staff.

Ethiopia's Tadelech Bekele cut off the possibility of a Kenyan 1-2-3 coming in third in a time of 2:21:30 while Gladys Cherono finished fourth in 2:24:10.

Cheruiyot, 34, took advantage of failed attempts to break Paula Radcliffe's 15-year-old world record by last year's victor Keitany and runner-up Tirunesh Dibaba.

Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot sprang a major surprise in the women's race when she upset a stellar cast to complete the Kenyan double.

In the men's race, Olympic marathon champion Kipchoge dominated from start to finish, taking his third victory in the last four years in London. I got a personal best.

In the men's wheelchair race, Briton David Weir stormed to a eighth London victory after a thrilling finale with three athletes racing for the line, while Australia's Madison de Rozario won a shock first title in the women's event.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the men's race in a time of two hours, four minutes and 16 seconds, while compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot won the women's race in a time of two hours, 18 minutes and 31 seconds.

McFadden had been forced to miss racing in London previous year after surgery for blood clots and was glad to be back. I can't do any better than what I did.

Keitany and Dibaba had been tipped to challenge Paula Radcliffe's world record but, after a ferocious start, both exhausted.

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