London Marathon 2019: Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei Dominate


LONDON — Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s most adorned marathon runner, beat the remainder of the boys’s discipline on the London Marathon on Sunday for a document fourth time.

Kipchoge, 34, who’s from Kenya, accomplished his victory in 2 hours 2 minutes 37 seconds — the second-fastest marathon time on document.

Brigid Kosgei, 25, additionally of Kenya, received the ladies’s race in 2 hours 18 minutes 20 seconds. She fought off the problem of one other Kenyan, the 35-year-old defending champion, Vivian Cheruiyot.

Mo Farah, one among Britain’s most profitable monitor athletes and a favourite to win the boys’s race, completed fifth. The final time he ran the London race, he positioned third.

“I’m undoubtedly disillusioned,” Farah, 36, advised BBC Sport on Sunday. “Coaching’s gone properly, but it surely’s one among today.”

About 43,000 took half within the race, breaking the occasion’s document and making the 39th London Marathon the largest but, the organizers mentioned in an announcement.

Among the many runners had been membership athletes, members of Parliament and tv stars. Many wearing costume — together with giraffes, bells, vehicles and even Large Ben — for charity. The organizers mentioned a document 1 billion kilos, or about $1.three billion, had been raised.

The race took runners on a route alongside the River Thames and thru areas akin to Greenwich and the Isle of Canine, previous landmarks together with the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace, with the end line on the Mall, close to St. James’s Park.

Kipchoge advised BBC Sport: “I’m glad to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make historical past. The group in London is great, and that spirit pushed me.”

Kosgei advised the broadcaster that she was delighted to have smashed her private finest in profitable the race. “I’m over the moon with that,” she mentioned. “I at all times promise myself within the final mile that I might by no means run one other step. However this isn’t my retirement.”

Within the prelude to the marathon, observers had puzzled how Farah’s feud with a former world-class long-distance runner, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, would have an effect on his efficiency. The dispute spilled into the open this previous week, when Farah revealed he had lately been the sufferer of a theft in a lodge that Gebrselassie, 46, owns exterior Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

Farah had spent the previous few months coaching there, and he accused the Ethiopian, as soon as considered the world’s best distance runner, of ignoring his requests for help.

The British athlete mentioned the dispute had not distracted him in any respect.

“It’s all about London Marathon,” he mentioned. “I didn’t imply to take any limelight away from the game, however on the similar time I simply put my head down and did what I wanted to do.”

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