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London calling - Kenyan athlete records second-fastest marathon time in history

Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s event in a startling 2.03.05.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge.
Image: Jonathan Brady

KENYAN ATHLETE ELIUD Kipchoge produced a stunning performance on the streets of England’s capital, setting a new course record in winning the London Marathon.

The former track star crossed the line in 2hrs 3mins 4secs which is just seven seconds outside the world-record time set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in September 2014.

Kipchoge was defending the London title he won last year and he timed his break to perfection, bursting clear of fellow Kenyan Stanley Biwott with three kilometres to go.

There was a Kenyan winner of the women’s race earlier today too, when Jemima Sumgong overcame a heavy fall to win her first London Marathon.

Sumgong hit her head with just over three miles to go after getting her legs in a tangle with Aselefech Mergia. But the 31-year-old picked herself up, caught up with the lead group again and eventually recorded the win in 2.22.58.

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