Kenya’s Kiptum wins London Marathon in 2nd fastest time.

Kenya's Kelvin Kiptum set a London Marathon course record on Sunday (23), finishing in two hours, one minute, 25 seconds, nearly three minutes ahead of second-placed Geoffrey Kamworor in a rain-drenched race full of drama.

Kiptum, who ran the fastest-ever debut marathon in Valencia last year, made his break at mile 19, establishing a solid lead to deliver the second-fastest marathon of all time.

The 23-year-old collapsed on to the ground, exhausted, after crossing the finish line. He ran the second half of the race in just 59 minutes and 45 seconds.

Earlier, Dutch middle-distance athlete Sifan Hassan scored a stunning upset to win her debut marathon, an event she saw as a test which could pave the way to her competing over the marathon distance at next year's Paris Olympics.

Hassan, who has won Olympic gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, made a dramatic comeback after an early injury to prevail over Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir and defending London champion Yelamzerf Yehualaw in what organisers said was the best ever elite women's field for the event.

The 30-year-old looked to be in pain around the hip flexor just under an hour in, falling behind as she stopped and stretched, but she caught up with the leading pack with just over six kms to go.

Hassan finished in 2:18:34 with a desperate sprint in the final 100 metres, three seconds ahead of second-placed Alemu Megertu of Ethiopia. Kenya's Jepchirchir finished third.

About The London Marathon

The London Marathon is an annual long-distance running event that takes place in London, United Kingdom. It was first held in 1981 and has since become one of the world’s most famous marathons, attracting elite athletes and amateur runners from all over the world.

In addition to the elite men’s and women’s races, there are also wheelchair races and a mass participation event for amateur runners. The London Marathon has raised millions of pounds for charity since its inception and is one of the biggest fundraising events in the world.

Source: www.reuters.com


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