LONDON (Sporting Alert) — World record holder Wilson Kipsang and fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat won the London Marathon men’s and women’s titles in front of Buckingham Palace on Sunday.
Kipsang, who holds the world record in the men’s race at 2:03:23, eases to victory on Sunday in a new course record of 2 hours, 04 minutes and 40 seconds.
Stanley Biwott of Kenya was second in 02:04:55 with Ethiopian defending champions Tsegaye Kebede taking third 2:06:30.
Great Britain top contender Mo Farah, a double Olympic champion on the track, was eighth in 2:08:21 on his debut running the complete 26.2-mile and he was delighted to have open up his campaign in his home city.
“London, this is my city, it would have been wrong to do any other marathon,” Farah said afterwards.
The women’s race saw two-time world champion Kiplagat of Kenya finally winning, following a final sprint to the finish.
The 34-year-old who twice finished second in the race, went one better on Sunday with a winning time of 2:20:21.
She finished three seconds ahead of compatriot Florence Kiplagat, who ran 2:20:24, while track star Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia made an impressive marathon debut after taking third in 2:20:35.
London Marathon Results
1 Kipsang, Wilson (KEN) 2:04:29
2 Biwott, Stanley (KEN) 2:04:55
3 Kebede, Tsegaye (ETH) 2:06:30
4 Abshero, Ayele (ETH) 2:06:31
5 Mekonnen, Tsegaye (ETH) 2:08:06
6 Mutai, Geoffrey (KEN) 2:08:18
7 Mutai, Emmanuel (KEN) 2:08:19
8 Farah, Mo (GBR) 2:08:21
9 Lilesa, Feyisa (ETH) 2:08:26
10 Vail, Ryan (USA) 2:10:57
1 Kiplagat, Edna (KEN) 2:20:21
2 Kiplagat, Florence (KEN) 2:20:24
3 Dibaba, Tirunesh (ETH) 2:20:35
4 Tadese, Feyse (ETH) 2:21:42
5 Kebede, Aberu (ETH) 2:23:21
6 Augusto, Jessica (POR) 2:24:25
7 Gamera-Shmyrko, Tetyana (UKR) 2:25:30
8 Felix, Ana Dulce (POR) 2:26:46
9 Gelana, Tiki (ETH) 2:26:58
10 Kovalenko, Liudmyla (UKR) 2:31:31