Jocyline Jepkosgei takes London in 2:17.43! photo by Virgin Money London Marathon communications
Sisay Lemma wins the London men’s race with some savvy racing! photo by Virgin Money London Marathon communications
Despite the two Ethiopians occasionally regrouping and chasing after her, Jepkosgei managed to hold on to the lead till she crossed the finish line in an amazing time of 2:17:43. The two Ethiopians followed; Azimeraw taking second in 2:17:58 and Bekere taking third in 2:18:18.
The world record holder, Kosgei overtook Salpeter to take 4th place as Salpeter settled in 5th as all the top five runners impressively finished the marathon in under 2:19:00.
The men’s race was bound to be unpredictable given the same level that all the top runners seemed to have been. It was so hard for the leading pack to be broken in the first half of the race.
But at around the 30km point, it was almost following the same script used in the women’s race as there were five runners at the lead. This was after Titus Ekiru had suddenly clutched his right thigh, pulled out of the race momentarily, tried to run again, and then pulled out completely before reaching the 30km mark.
At the lead were Vincent Kipchumba, Birhanu Legese, Evans Chebet, Mosinet Geremew and Sisay Lemma.
Lemma, who had been patiently running behind the leading pack all through the race, suddenly sprang to the front as they approached the 40km point and continued to build a gap ahead of them. He went ahead to win the race in 2:04:01. Kipchumba managed to defend his runner-up position from last year as he came second in 2:04:28. Geremew completed the podium in 2:04:41.
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