Fiji Time: 3:37 AM on Monday 24 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

London marathon record smashed

Afp
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LONDON - World record-holder Wilson Kipsang has won the men's London Marathon in a course record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds as Britain's Mo Farah found life tough on his debut over the distance.

Kipsang smashed the previous London record of 2hr 04min 40sec set by fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011.

It was a second London victory for Kipsang, the 2012 champion, who outpaced compatriot Stanley Biwatt in the finishing straight.

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, last year's winner was third, and Ayele Abshero of Ethiopia was fourth.

Kenya celebrated a race double as Edna Kiplagat, runner-up for the past two years in London, won the women's event.

In the men's race Kipsang and Biwott surged away from a leading group of eight after some two-thirds of the way round the 42.2km course.

The two Kenyans were all but inseparable until, with around 1.5km left, Kipsang broke his compatriot's resolve with a finishing burst.

"It's really great to win the London Marathon again," Kipsang said after the race on Sunday.

"It was around 31km that I decided to push harder as I felt very comfortable and strong. I pushed again towards the finish line and that's when I broke away."

Farah, reigning Olympic and world 5000 and 10,000 metres champion, finished in eighth place.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. This team is much fitter than Gold Coast winning team says Ryan
  2. $50m more
  3. Sturridge out for the season
  4. Chaudhry describes budget as 'ambitious and unrealistic'
  5. Fijians win
  6. Boxing: Loss ends Cameron's career
  7. Three drown
  8. Fiji's return anticipated
  9. FCEF: Budget to help Fijians
  10. Alcohol duty up by 10pc

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tourist's death: Murder accused to appear in court Monday (17 Nov)
  2. Stabbed to death Tuesday (18 Nov)
  3. Prime Minister Modi arrives in Fiji Wednesday (19 Nov)
  4. Kill victim cried for help Tuesday (18 Nov)
  5. The man behind the scene Monday (17 Nov)
  6. Bula Mr Modi Wednesday (19 Nov)
  7. Man found unconscious, dies in hospital Monday (17 Nov)
  8. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  9. Modi announces visa on arrival for Fiji people Wednesday (19 Nov)
  10. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)