Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot celebrate Kenyan double

The four-time Olympic champion, who quit the track to focus on 26.2-mile distance past year, kept pace with the leaders for most of the race but was ultimately left behind by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge - undefeated in his last three outings in this race - and Ethiopian Tola Shura Kitata.

At one point he was even seen remonstrating with the motorcyclists travelling alongside the runners.

But a mix-up at a water station - which saw snap-happy stewards seem more concerned with taking pictures of Sir Mo rather than handing him his drink - cost him vital seconds.

Nearly 100 competitors are attempting to enter the Guinness World Records dressed in outfits such as a suit of armour, a Paddington Bear costume and ski boots.

Rob Pope ran a record time for a runner dressed as a film star, crossing the line dressed as Forrest Gump in just over 2 hours 36 minutes. So to break a British record and finish on the podium, is good for me.

"Today was unbelievable. I had so many "Run Forrest run" shouts - a couple of "beardy man" and a couple "Jesus" but mostly Forrest Gump!"

On a day to celebrate the event's Spirit of London campaign, it was the Grenfell Tower firefighters from North Kensington and Paddington who best embodied the capital's enduring heart as they carried the hopes of their stricken community through London's streets to raise much-needed funds for local campaigns.

Women's sport trailblazer Kathrine Switzer, 71, who made history in 1967 by competing in the then men-only Boston Marathon, also completed the course.

There was a home success with David Weir winning the men's wheelchair race for an eighth time after a sprint finish.

Fearnley was one of the first to take to social media to congratulate de Rozario on her win, sharing a picture of the two after they had crossed the line.

But the first clear-cut sign the record was ebbing away - and Keitany was in trouble - came in the 15th mile in 5:30.

After reaching halfway in 1:06:54 previous year, Keitany passed through the corresponding point still inside world record pace at 1:07:16.

"You get heavy legs".

Mo Farah finished in a more than creditable third place at the London Marathon, behind Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge - who won the event for the third time yesterday - but the Briton was still unhappy over a mishap with his drinks bottle.

Farah, in only his second marathon, believes it will take two years to really master this 26 mile distance, a timeline which happily coincides with the Tokyo Olympics, held in a country where marathon running is a religion.

"The end was tougher than a year ago", said Weir.

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